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Norman Grant Gaylord (born Norman Gershon Goldstein; February 16, 1923 – September 18, 2007) was an American industrial chemist and research scientist. He was credited with playing a key role in the development of the gas-permeable rigid contact lens which allows oxygen to reach the wearer's cornea.[1]

A native of Brooklyn, he was a graduate of City College and received his doctorate in polymer chemistry from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. He legally changed his name in the 1940s.[2] For his contribution to the production of lenses Gaylord received in 1985 Founder's Award from the American Academy of Optometry.[3]

Gaylord died in the Florida city of Boynton Beach at the age of 84.[3][4]


  1. ^ Pearce, Jeremy (2007-09-23). "Norman Gaylord, 84; helped develop type of contact lens". (New York Times News Service). The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-10-06.
  2. ^ U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007; Social Security Administration.
  3. ^ a b Pearce, Jeremy (September 21, 2007). "Norman Gaylord, a Chemist, Is Dead at 84". The New York Times. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  4. ^ American Chemical Society; Division of Polymer Chemistry; Dr. Norman G. Gaylord, d.-2007