argylesock says… Cotton (Gossypium herbaceum) fabrics have been easy-care since before I was born. Thanks, Dr Benerito!
Thanks to Andrea Hermann, who suggested this post:
The Washington Post recently had an obituary by Emily Langer for Dr. Ruth Benerito. Dr. Benerito, an Agriculture Department chemist, was credited with helping create wrinkle-free cotton. She died Oct. 5 at age 97.
This picture is credited in the obituary to the Lemelson-MIT Program.