PRI's The World Published by PRI's The World Parents, take a moment to thank the inventor of the disposable diaper Listen Queue Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="130" width="100%" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/675214/&share=1"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend Valerie Hunter Gordon died this month at the age of 94. She invented one of the first disposable diapers, cutting prototypes out of military parachute silk that she stitched on her living room table.