Microwave Oven

The History & Origins Of The Microwave

Who needs an oven these days, microwaves seriously rock! Being a student, I have found out that microwaves are extremely useful and so much better than ovens. If I could give away a gold star, it would go to Percy Spencer, as he was the master behind this genius invention.

Heating up or cooking food with microwaves was discovered by mistake in the early 1940’s by Percy Spencer, who was an engineer, he was building magnetrons for radar sets with a company called Raytheon. He was working on a weird radar set when he noticed that a chocolate bar in his pocket had melted, this was due to the radar giving out microwaves.

The first microwave was built-in 1947 and was called the ‘Radarange’. It was 1.8 meters tall, weighed 340 kg and they cost over £3,300 each. They were water-cooled and consumed 3 kilowatts, which is roughly three times more than today’s microwaves.

Not bad for an accidental discovery. Why doesn’t anyone accidentally create amazing inventions these days? If I was an inventor I’m sure I’d come up with some funky idea.

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