Did the Cigarette Lighter or Match Come First?

The cigarette lighter was invented before the first friction-based conventional match. Johann Dobereiner, a German chemist, invented the lighter in 1823 using hydrogen and platinum. John Walker, an English chemist, developed the friction-match in 1826.

Janos Irinyi, a Hungarian chemist, increased the safety of the match in 1836. Prior to the invention of friction-based matches, there was a type of match that could only be lit by contacting bottled sulfuric acid. This was invented by the Frenchman Jean Chancel in 1805. Due to the fact that this was not a self-igniting match and required too many additional ingredients that were not easily available, it is not regarded a true forerunner to the friction-match of today.


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