Did you know Canada.. Doctor James Guillet was a chemist at University of Toronto.
In 1971 he invented a plastic that decomposed in a reasonable time when left in direct sunlight. James Guillet then patented his invention, which turned out to be the millionth Canadian patent to be issued!
In the 1970s and the 1980s his lab was regarded as the best in the world in photophysics and photochemistry.
From the University of Toronto Archives: Professor Guillet received numerous honours for his work, beginning in 1967 with a fellowship in the Chemical Institute of Canada. In 1977 he was awarded the Gold Medal and Canada’s patent number 1,000,000 for the invention of degradable plastic. In 1981 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and received a Guggenheim Fellowship, which was followed by a Killam Fellowship in 1987. He received an honorary doctorate from Cambridge University in 1974 and the Chemical Institute of Canada awarded him its Montreal Medal in 1998. In 1999 the Society of Polymer Science of Japan presented him with its International Award.