Today's article will touch upon the burning invention that mankind has invented. Let's not torment - we will talk about how matches were invented. Previously, primitive people had to make fire themselves, but today you and I are much more fortunate. In the early 19th century, an inventor named John Walker invented the world's first matches that ignite from friction.
It happened, oddly enough, by accident. Initially, Walker worked as an assistant surgeon, but his vocation drew him into chemistry, so he soon went into it with his head. The most exciting question for him was making fire. One day John experimented and mixed glue, sulfur, antimony sulfide, and potassium chlorate. Quite accidentally, throwing a stick on the fireplace, which was stirring the mixture. The wand lit up. Thus, matches were born. Soon the matches were released for sale. The box contained 50 pieces of matches and abrasive paper, on which these matches were lit. John Walker named his matches Congreve, after the British inventor William Congreve.
Initially, Walker did not want to patent his invention so that everyone could make matches, but after a while Michael Faraday convinced him and John officially registered the rights to the matches. A little later, in his sales book, they discovered that in two years he managed to sell 250 boxes of his inventions. But, unfortunately, John Walker did not taste fame or fortune during his lifetime. Recognition came to him posthumously.