Paul M. Cook

National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Management

For his vision and entrepreneurial efforts, his technical accomplishments and his business and technical leadership as the key contributor in creating a worldwide chemically based industry.

For his vision and entrepreneurial efforts, his technical accomplishments and his business and technical leadership as the key contributor in creating a worldwide chemically based industry.

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Birth
April 25, 1924
Age Awarded
64
Country of Birth
USA
Key Contributions
The Touchscreen
Circuit Protection Devices
Awarded by
Ronald Wilson Reagan
Education
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Areas of Impact
Communication & Information
Affiliations
Raychem Corporation
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Paul M. Cook is an innovator, inventor and entrepreneur who led his company in supplying technology-intensive products to customers in sectors such as aerospace, automobiles, construction, telecommunications, and utilities. Since founding Raychem Corporation in 1957, Cook and his company have pursued a consistent and ambitious strategy: to master a set of core technologies and create thousands of proprietary products based on those technologies.

With Cook at its helm, Raychem has designed and manufactured thousands of products that quietly impact our daily lives. Raychem engineers’ materials that connect, seal and protect signal-carrying cables for telephone networks and cable television systems. It manufactures much of the high-performance wire and cable that runs through military and commercial aircraft. The company’s self-regulating heaters ensure the smooth flow of oil through pipelines in harsh environments.

“To be an innovative company, you have to ask for innovation. You assemble a group of talented people who are eager to do new things and put them in an environment where innovation is expected,” Cook said in an interview. “Without innovation we die.”

By Jen Santisi

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