Edward B. Cooper was born September 30, 1908 in Rutland, Vermont. Edward B. Cooper graduated from Berea College with an A.B. degree in Physics in 1930. He received his M.A. degree in Physics from the University of Maine in 1934, and studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1937 – 1938. In 1942 he began working in the Research Division, Plastics Department of the E. I. du Pont de Nemours Company. He worked his way up the ladder from overseeing 12 workers to becoming chief administrative officer over the entire laboratory site within the Polychemicals Department Research Development Division.
In 1950 Mr. Cooper was appointed chairman of the American Society for Testing Materials to investigate the advisability of participating in the organization of an international technical committee on plastics as a part of the activities of the International Standard Organization. The committee set up numerous property specifications for commercially available plastics throughout the globe, enabling them to be readily bought and sold in world trade.
Berea College awarded Edward Cooper with the honorary degree of Doctor of Science in 1960.
Hale, Arthur H. “[Of The] Polychemical Department E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company.” February 26, 1960. Print.