Today we consider the case of Charles Goodyear. He invented the modern process of manufacturing stable rubber products. The process is called vulcanization of rubber. It was one of the biggest inventions of the 1800's, and enabled rubberized shoes and rain jackets, and practical automobile tires. Goodyear never really benefited from his invention, and died unknown and pretty much penniless. It was not until after his death that Goodyear Tire Company was created in his honor.