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Originally a mixture of Slag, Tar, Asphalt, and other materials used in construction of road beds, parking lots, and runways. Tarmac was invented by E. Purnell Hooley in 1901 when he saw a barrel of tar spill on a Macadam roadway. He patented the idea and began selling the product as Tar Macadam. The term 'tarmac' is now commonly used for all asphalt-type roadways.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Tar Macadam

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993

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