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    Polish inventor, pharmacist and entrepreneur Ignacy Łukasiewicz was born in 1822

    Ignacy Łukasiewicz was a Polish pharmacist, inventor, and entrepreneur, considered a pioneer of the oil industry. He is renowned for his groundbreaking research related to oil processing and for creating the modern kerosene lamp, which drastically changed the lighting in the 1800s.

    Łukasiewicz was born on March 23 (or March 8), 1822, in Zaduszki, Poland, where his father was a manager of a manor. He studied pharmacy in Lemberg, Austria and obtained his degree from Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Following his studies, he started his own pharmacy in Lemberg.

    Polish industrialist Łukasiewicz invented the world’s first oil lamp

    He is renowned for creating a method to distil crude oil and inventing the world’s first oil lamp. These two developments changed the 19th-century lighting industry. 

    In 1853, Łukasiewicz pioneered the establishment of the first-ever oil refinery in Bobrka. This refinery revolutionized the industry by being able to refine crude oil into kerosene and other petroleum products. 

    Additionally, in 1856, he made an even greater contribution by inventing the first modern kerosene lamp. This lamp was significantly more efficient and safer than the previous oil lamps. It had a huge effect on industrialization in the 19th century.

    Ignacy Łukasiewicz remembered as ‘father of the petroleum industry’

    Ignacy Łukasiewicz is credited with revolutionizing the petroleum industry, leading to a new period of economic development. His efforts have earned him the nickname “the father of the petroleum industry.” He was additionally known for his philanthropy, contributing to hospitals, schools, and other charitable organizations.

    Today, Łukasiewicz is remembered as one of Poland’s greatest inventors. His legacy lives on in the form of the Ignacy Łukasiewicz Institute of Technology, which was founded in his honour. 

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