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Peter Durand

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Peter Durand (1766-1822), patented the canning of food for presrvation.

1810, 25th August: Patent granted to Peter Durand of Hoxton Square, London, for a method of preserving food by heating and sealing. Communicated to him by a person living abroad.[1]. In connection with the patent, Durand wrote that he substituted tin cases instead of glass jars or bottles. He presented examples of canned preserve food to Sir John Banks and to the Royal Navy, and the condition of the food after lengthy periods proved satisfactory.

From the French Wikipedia entry: Born 21 October 1766 at Hoxton. Died 23 July 1822 at Shoreditch. Invented a method of preserving food based on the discoveries of Nicolas Appert published in May-June 1810, and having been brought to London by Philippe de Girard. He didn't exploit his patent, but sold it to Bryan Donkin and John Hall (of Dartford), who in 1812 started a canning factory the British army. Note: The Wikipedia source gives the sources for the birth and death dates and places[2].


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  1. [1] The Repertory of Arts, Manufactures, and Agriculture, No. CXII, second series, September 1811
  2. Baptême à "The Huguenot Chapel, Hoxton" et mort dans registe de "Saint Leonard Shoreditch", repris dans Minet "Registers of the Churches of La Patente de Soho" Londres 1956

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