Robert Gore, Inventor of GORE-TEX, Dies At 83


Remembering the man who turned frustration into opportunity.




By: Dalton Oium


Robert Gore, founder of GORE-TEX, passed away on Friday, September 18th, at the age of 83.


When he was 32, Robert accidentally invented GORE-TEX after he became frustrated with the slow process of stretching pipe thread tape. Instead of slowly stretching the heated material, he applied a sudden, accelerating yank which caused the tape to stretch about 800% and formed a structure that was roughly 70% air. Later experimenting with two-dimensional stretching, Robert created sheets with greater strength, porosity, and airflow—essentially developing the waterproof laminate we now call GORE-TEX.


Since it’s invention, Gore-Tex has become a household name in the medical, music, and apparel industry. Aside from providing high quality waterproof garments, Gore-Tex has landed collaborations with ACRONYM, Off-White, Adidas, Supreme, Palace, Raised by Wolves, and many others.


Next time you throw on your GORE-TEX jacket, take a moment to reflect on Robert Gore, the man who accidentally changed the world.





Published: September 21st, 2020 | Dalton Oium


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