Nicolas Appert

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Birthday
17, 1749
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Jan 1, 1841 (91)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
17, 1749
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Jan 1, 1841 (91)

About

French inventor of airtight food preservation who is known as the 'Father of Canning'. There are 72 streets named after him in his native France.

Before Fame

He was a confectioner and chef in Paris when he began to experiment with preserving his food stuffs.

Trivia

In 1795 the French military offered a cash prize of 12,000 francs for a new method to preserve food and, after over a decade of experimenting, he submitted his invention and won the prize in January 1810.

Family Life

He was born as the son of an innkeeper, who had no formal education.

Associated With

His invention helped the armies of Napoleon march farther into Russia than they would have without canned food, considering the Russians burned their crops as they retreated.