Fact File about the Invention of Soda: Invention: Soda *** Date of Invention: 1767 *** Name of Inventor: Joseph Priestley *** Lifespan of Inventor: 1733 - 1804 *** Nationality of Inventor: British *** Historical Period: Industrial Revolution (1700 - 1860) *** Category: Food and Drink *** Country of Origin: Great Britain *** Facts about the Inventor, Joseph Priestley, and the invention of
Fact 1: Who invented Soda? The Soda was invented by Joseph Priestley in 1767 during the Industrial Revolution era of inventions (1700 - 1860).
Fact 2: Who invented Soda? Prior to the invention of Soda in 1767,
effervescent remedies were dispensed by Pharmacists as medicines meant to cure
certain ailments. The remedies tasted so good that people wanted to drink them,
whether they needed them or not.
Fact 3: Who invented Soda? The inventor of Soda, Joseph Priestley, was born on March 24, 1733 in Birstall, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK and died on 6 February 1804.
Fact 4: Who invented Soda? The early years of Joseph Priestley were spent in Birstall, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK where he was raised by his family.
His father was Jonas Priestley, a cloth-dresser, and his mother was Mary Swift
Priestly. Joseph Priestley was the youngest of six children and his mother died
when he was just five years old. His father remarried and he was raised by his
Fact 5: Who invented Soda? Joseph Priestley was raised from an early age
by his aunt and uncle, Sarah and John Keighley. He was an extremely precocious
child and he was given the best education possible. He entered Grammar School in
1745 and went on to complete his education at Daventry Academy, a liberal
college established by Protestant dissenters who did not conform to the Church
Fact 6: Who invented Soda? In 1755 he became minister at a small
Presbyterian parish in Suffolk and went on to become a tutor at Warrington
Academy. In 1762 Joseph Priestley married Mary Wilkinson and the couple went on
to have three sons and one daughter.
Fact 7: Who invented Soda? Joseph Priestley gained a reputation as a
highly talented scholar, he spoke ten different languages, and socialized with
the greatest intellectuals of the era as he moved about the country preaching
and teaching. He began to develop a great interest in science and started to
Fact 8: Who invented Soda? On a trip to London in 1766 Joseph Priestley
met Benjamin Franklin, the great American Statesman and inventor who interested
him in electricity. He was also interested in
Benjamin Franklin's political views which he often agreed with.
Fact 9: Who invented Soda? The invention of Soda began in 1767 when
Joseph Priestley moved to Leeds where he lived next to a brewery. He became
interested in the gases evolved during fermentation and soon discovered that
carbon dioxide was being formed. This started his famous scientific research on
the nature and properties of gases.
Fact 10: Who invented Soda? He studied the gases evolved during
fermentation and soon discovered that carbon dioxide was being formed. Living
next to the brewery provided him with opportunity to study fermentation that
involved effervescence and an ample supply of carbon dioxide.
Fact 11: Who invented Soda? Joseph Priestley began experimenting with
carbon dioxide and found that it could be absorbed by water.
Fact 12: Who invented Soda? Joseph Priestley produced a paper describing
a means of chemical carbonation that caused water to become effervescent
(fizzy). This was achieved by dripping vitriol (sulphuric acid) into powdered
chalk (calcium carbonate) to produce carbon dioxide (CO2) gas.
Fact 13: Who invented Soda? The gas was then infused into agitated water,
inducing a reaction and effervescence. The year was 1767 and Joseph Priestley
had invented what would later become known as soda. His friends loved the drink
but didn’t try to market the process commercially.
Fact 14: Who invented Soda? Joseph Priestley's work on "airs" led to the
discovery of oxygen and other important gases. His work was admired but his
political views were not. Joseph Priestley supported both the French and the
American Revolution and his controversial views were considered seditious by
English authorities and many English people. In 1791 a mob destroyed his house
and laboratory in Birmingham and in 1794 he moved to the United States.
Fact 15: Who invented Soda? Joseph Priestley established a new home in
Northumberland County, Pennsylvania where he lived until his death onFebruary 6,
1804 at the age of 70. Joseph Priestley is famous as "the father of modern
chemistry" but his invention of soda is greatly appreciated by the millions of
people who still enjoy soda.
Fact 16: Who invented Soda? Although Joseph Priestley never attempted to
commercialize soda, another man did. His name was Johann Jacob Schweppe (16
March 1740 – 18 November 1821) and he founded the Schweppes Company in Geneva.
The term 'soda water' was coined in a Schweppes advertisement in 1798 to
describe the Schweppes high-grade carbonated mineral water.
Fact 17: Who invented Soda? At this point in history it was generally
accepted that drinking mineral water was good for the health. In 1809 Joseph
Hawkins was issued with the first US patent for the preparation of imitation
mineral water and invented machinery to produce soda water.
Fact 18: Who invented Soda? In 1812 a new drink, a cross between between
soda-water and ginger-beer, was given the nickname pop, because 'pop goes the
cork' when it was drawn.
Fact 19: Who invented Soda? In 1819 the first "soda fountain" machine was
patented by Samuel Fahnestock (1761 - 1830). His soda fountain was barrel shaped
with a pump and a spout to dispense carbonated water.
Fact 20: Who invented Soda? Many drug stores had a soda fountain
installed in an attempt to create effervescent mineral waters with curative
powers. The chemists who owned the drug stores began to experiment with
different recipes for their soda.
Fact 21: Who invented Soda? American pharmacist John S. Pemberton
invented Coca Cola in 1885. His Coca Cola drink was
initially sold at soda fountains in Drug Stores as a patent medicine for five
cents a glass.
Fact 22: Who invented Soda? In the same year "Dr. Pepper" was invented by
American pharmacist Charles Aderton (1857 – 1941).
Fact 23: Who invented Soda? Another American pharmacist, Caleb Davis Bradham,
invented Pepsi, a soda drink containing pepsin and cola
nuts. in 1893.
Fact 24: Who invented Soda? Who invented soda stream? The Soda Stream was
invented by Guy Hugh Gilbey in 1903 to create a carbonated drink his friends
could enjoy with their gin.
Fact 25: Who invented Soda? In October 1929 Charles Leiper Grigg (1868 -
1940) invented "Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Sodas", a lemon and lime drink
that was later renamed as "7 UP". The name "7 UP" is said to have derived from
its seven original ingredients: sugar, carbonated water, essences of lemon and
lime oils, citric acid, sodium citrate, and lithium citrate.
Fact 26: Who invented Soda? Citrus-flavored "Mountain Dew" was invented
by Tennessee bottlers Barney and Ally Hartman in 1940. The term "Mountain Dew"
was originally Southern slang for moonshine!
Fact 27: Who invented Soda? The fruit-flavored carbonated soft drinks
named “Fanta” were developed for the German market in 1941. In 1987 the Austrian
businessman and entrepreneur Dietrich Mateschitz created the formula for the Red
Bull energy drink.
Fact 28: Who invented Soda? The famous brand names of popular sodas are
now part of our everyday life, but how many people realize that soda was
invented by Joseph Priestley back in 1767?