The Microwave Oven Was Invented by Accident

The Microwave Oven, An Accidental Invention

Accidental Invention of the Microwave Oven

The microwave oven has revolutionized the way we cook and eat. It allows us to heat frozen dinner and leftovers at the push of a button, and many of us wouldn’t know a life without conveniences like microwaveable popcorn or instant oatmeal. In the 1940s, the Raytheon company was working on anti-radar technology. They were using magnetron tubes to try to develop this technology. When one of the scientists noticed the microwaves were causing a candy bar in his pocket to melt, the idea of the microwave oven was first thought of. The scientist, Percy Spencer, went on to create a box in which microwaves could be contained for the purpose of heating up food. If it wasn’t for that melted chocolate bar, we may never have had microwaves in our homes today.

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