The Deadly First Refrigerators

The Deadly First Refrigerators

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

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    Jacob Perkins invented the refrigerator. (0:07)

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    Jacob Perkins' first "closed-cycle vapor-compression refrigerator" was a prototype not intended for domestic use because it cooled with ether and ammonia. (1:01)

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    Jacob Perkins died before his refrigerator invention gained the mass popularity we all know today. (1:40)

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