[kə'rʌȓəz], Wallace Hume, amerikanischer Chemiker, * Burlington (Iowa) 27. 4. 1896, ✝ (Selbstmord) Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) 29. 4. 1937; war seit 1928 Leiter des Forschungslaboratoriums des Chemiekonzerns E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company in Wilmington (Delaware). Carothers arbeitete über die Struktur und physikalischen Eigenschaften hochpolymerer Stoffe; er entwickelte 1930 den Chloroprenkautschuk (Neopren) und stellte 1932 die erste Chemiefaser aus Polyamiden her (Nylon).

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