The Deadly First Refrigerators

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Jacob Perkins, born July 6, 1766 in Massachusetts, invented the refrigerator. His first "closed-cycle vapor-compression refrigerator" was a prototype not intended for domestic use, because it cooled with ether and ammonia. Perkins died before his invention gained mass popularity.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Jacob Perkins invented the refrigerator. 00:07

  2. Jacob Perkins' first "closed-cycle vapor-compression refrigerator" was a prototype not intended for domestic use because it cooled with ether and ammonia. 01:01

  3. Jacob Perkins died before his refrigerator invention gained the mass popularity we all know today. 01:40

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