Friedrich Accum

1769-1838

Friedrich Accum

Friedrich Accum was born in 1789 in Buckeburg, Lower Saxony. He was a pioneer of gas lighting and helped the public be more aware on unclean food and the dishonest selling of it.


Gas Lighting

Friedrich Accum was one of the pioneers of gas lighting. Gas lighting is the application of coal-gas to light buildings, streets, etc. The main fuels for gas lighting were beeswax, olive oil, and fish oil.

Clean Food

He was a big campaigner for the push of food safety. He published 'Treatise on Adulteration of Food and Culinary Poisons' in 1820. The public became more concerned after reading this book because it revealed that food isn't always clean.