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Re: who invented mechanical refrigeration, and when?

Date: Mon Jul 17 11:01:51 2000
Posted By: Kirt Van Overen, Secondary School Teacher, Science, Pinewood Middle School
Area of science: Science History
ID: 962708159.Sh

Rod,  In 1749, Jean-Jacques d'Ortous de Marian described the Chinese
refrigerator which recognized the cooling effect of evaporation.  However,
the first practical refrigerator was built in 1876 by Karl Paul Gottfried
von Linder (German.  He used liquid ammonia as a coolant.  Hope this helps.
Kirt Van Overen

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