Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Inventor of Gatorade, Dr. Robert Cade, Dies

The inventor of Gatorade, Dr. Robert Cade, passed away today at the age of 80. Yes, the Gatorade commercials are true, he was a University of Florida Professor when he and other scientists invented the flavored sport drink that many of us grew up with. Dr. Jim Free, who worked under Cade in the creation of Gatorade, said Tuesday that Cade was first and foremost a kind man who made it his mission to spread knowledge. "His contributions were so multiple that it's just hard to cover them," Free said. "His main contribution is that he was a very nice, decent, generous person, and that he was dedicated to education. He was a real educator, a real researcher and a real academician and held a real place of honor at the University of Florida because he spent his whole career there teaching and doing his research. The things he's accomplished have been amazing." The legacy of Dr. Cade will live on in gyms and fields and with athletes and regular people alike.

Photo credit: Jon M. Fletcher/The Gainesville Sun

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