Nicolas Francois Appert
Born: Nov 17, 1750 AD
Died: 1841 AD, at 90 years of age.
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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