It is a good sign when a man is proud of his work. That was certainly the case with Fredric J. Baur, the inventor of the Pringles can. In fact, he was so proud of his life’s work that he wanted to remain connected with it in death.
Baur was an organic chemist and food storage technician who specialized in research and development and quality control for Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble.
Baur was working as a chemist and food storage technician for Procter & Gamble when he developed a new way to package the curved, stacked potato snacks that would be known as Pringles. He filed for a patent in 1966. In 1970, he was issued Patent No. 3,498,798 for “The Packaging of Chip-Type Snack Food Products.” If you have eaten Pringles, you have benefitted from Baur’s engineering talents.
Baur’s talents were not limited to potato crisps. He also received patents for such things as “Salad Oils and a Method of Making Them,” “Plastic Shortenings and Process of Producing Same,” “Dry Mix for Frozen Desserts,” and several others.
The Pringles can held a particularly-strong place in Baur’s heart, however. Upon his death on May 4, 2008, his family honored his request that he leave this world in the container he brought to the world. His children had his body cremated and buried a portion of the ashes in a Pringles container.
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