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Nicolas Francois Appert

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Born: 1750 AD
Died: 1841 AD, at 90 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Inventor

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1750 - Born on the 17th of November in Chalons-sur-Marne, France.

1780 - He moved to Paris, where he excelled as a confectioner, delighting customers with his delicious pastries and candies.

1795 - The French government offered a prize of 12,000 francs to the person who could develop an effective method of preserving food. His solution was to put food in bottles, as is done with wine.

1804 - Opened the world's first canning factory in the French town of Massy, south of Paris.

1809 - Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte; grateful to have a safe method of preserving food for troops in foreign lands; personally awarded Appert the prize of 12,000 francs.

1810 - He received a patent for creating a cylindrical canister made of iron coated with tin.

1841 - Died on the 3rd of June in Massy near Paris, France.

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