Earle Dickson, best known as the inventor of the Band-Aid, attended Yale University, where he graduated in 1913. Dickson then spent a year at the Lowell Textile Institute, which became part of the University of Massachusetts in 1991.
Dickson supposedly invented the Band-Aid in response to his accident-prone wife, Josephine, who frequently cut or burned her fingers while cooking and cleaning throughout the day. A cotton buyer for Johnson & Johnson at the time, Earle told his boss, Mr. Johnson, of his invention, and the Band-Aid was born. Dickson was rewarded for his ingenuity by being named vice president of the company.