All vegans are indebted to the late Donald Watson, founder of the Vegan Society who invented the word 'vegan' to identify a lifestyle that abstains from the use of all animal products. Watson started promoting veganism in the 1940s and continued his devoted work until his death at the age of 95.
Donald Watson was the founder of the U.K. Vegan Society and the inventor of the word "vegan". In 1944 he got together with a group of friends and they brainstormed to find a word that would describe their diets. He suggested "vegan", using the first three and last two letters of "vegetarian". It was the "beginning and end of vegetarian". Together they founded the Vegan Society. He wrote their first newsletter, which came out in November of 1944 and was called "The Vegan News".