Charles Macintosh was a native of Scotland. He was a chemist and inventor who is best known for his invention in 1923 of waterproof fabric. The waterproof coat, the Mackintosh, often called the ‘mac’, was named for him.
Charles Macintosh was born in Glasgow in 1766. At the age of 20 he left his job as a clerk to devote his time to science. In 1823 he invented a waterproof fabric by welding two sheets of cloth together with natural rubber. He made several other chemical discoveries and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.
Charles Macintosh, best known for his invention the waterproof coat, the Mackintosh, was born in Glasgow in the year 1766 On This Day.