Birthday of carbon fiber pioneer

Zoltek Corporation has recently celebrated the 80th birthday of its founder, Zsolt Rumy.

Rumy, born in December 1942 in Budapest, Hungary, created the first industrial grade carbon fiber made to compete against other common building materials, and launched the company to drive the commercialization of carbon fibers.

He fled Soviet communism after the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, and arrived in the US as a 14-year old war refugee. He later graduated with a chemical engineering degree from the University of Minnesota, and accepted a position with biotech company Monsanto.

“Zsolt is a true pioneer who lived the American dream,” said Dave Purcell, EVP of sales & marketing. “He built a company and changed the carbon fiber industry forever.”