Achard, Franz Karl
1753 - Born on the 28th of April in Berlin, Germany.
1776 - He was elected to the Royal Academy of Sciences at Berlin.
1782 - He became the director of the physical classes of the academy.
1789 - He planted various sugar-bearing plants on his manor in Caulsdorf near Berlin.
1794 - He built an optical telegraph between Spandau and Bellevue.
1801 - He opened the first sugar beet refinery in Wohlau-Cunern, Silesia, Prussia, with
the support of King Friedrich Wilhelm III.
1802 - His refinery processed 400 tons of beets with a degree of efficiency of 4%.
1815 - His refineries were declared bankrupt due to the economical incapacity of Achard.
1821 - He died on the 20th of April in Wohlau.
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