October 24, 1836 – János Irinyi, presents his new invention, silent and non-explosive matches

Cerillas de Janos Irinyi

After exhaustive research, he managed to mix phosphorus with lead dioxide, instead of using potassium chlorate, as was being done until then, thus inventing a silent and non-explosive match.

He patented it on October 24, 1836, and sold his invention to a matchmaker. However, after studying in Berlin (Germany), he returned to his native country and founded the first match factories in the city of Pest (in present-day Budapest).

If you want to know more about this scientist, click on the following link: János Irinyi

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