Richard Drew

Discovery: Scotch® Tape
Early Pioneer of Everyday Science

In the world of innovation, ideas have no limit, and science provides the platform for launch. More than 6,000 other scientists come to work every day at 3M to help develop new solutions to problems around the world.

Abandoning a musical career for a job at 3M in the early 1920s, this young, banjo-playing engineer became an expert in the area of pressure-sensitive adhesives after developing the first-ever masking tape in 1925. Persistent innovation led to the development of Scotch® cellulose tape in 1930, with the purpose of providing a moisture-proof seal for the cellophane food packaging then coming into vogue.