Accidental Discoveries

  • Dynamite

    Dynamite was created by Alfred Nobel in 1867. While Nobel was in Paris, he began to experiment with nitroglycerin, and eventually he accidentally found a way to tame the substance by mixing it with kieselguhr—though in the process, many people lost their lives, including Nobel's brother Emil.
  • Chewing Gum

    Chewing Gum
    The chewing gum was invented by Thomas Adams in 1870. Thomas Adams was experimenting with chicle, the sap from a South American tree, he was looking for a substitute for rubber. After many failures, the disappointed inventor was working when he put a piece into his mouth and he liked it! The first mass-produced chewing gum was invented by Adam became in the world.
  • The First Artificial Sweetener

    The First Artificial Sweetener
    Saccharin, the first artificial sweetener was discovered by Constantin Fahlberg in 1878. The Russian chemist was working in the lab of chemistry when he accidentally tasted some of the chemicals he was working with and realized how sweet they were. After some experimentation, Fahlberg came to the conclusion that the sugariness was caused by the reaction of o-sulfobenzoic acid with phosphorus (V) chloride and ammonia to create saccharin.
  • The Microwave

    The Microwave
    Percy Spencer was an engineer for the Raytheon Corporation. While he was testing a new vacuum tube, he discovered that a chocolate bar he had in his pocket melted quicker than he expected.. He was experimenting by aiming the tube to other items, such as eggs and popcorn grains. He concluded that the microwave energy was affecting the objects.