Ten fun facts about Benjamin Thompson


Fact 1
He served as a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Loyalist forces in America during the American Revolutionary War.

Fact 2
After the end of the war he moved to London where his administrative talents were recognized when he was appointed a full Colonel.

Fact 3
In 1784 he received a knighthood from King George III.


Fact 4
A prolific designer, he also drew designs for warships.

Fact 5
He invented a percolating coffee pot following his pioneering work with the Bavarian Army, where he improved the diet of the soldiers as well as their clothes.

Fact 6
In many ways, he was similar to Benjamin Franklin, who also invented a new kind of heating stove.

Fact 7
In 1803, he was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Fact 8
He later moved to Bavaria and entered government service there, being appointed Bavarian Army Minister and re-organizing the army, and, in 1791, was made a Count of the Holy Roman Empire.

Fact 9
His experiments on gunnery and explosives led to an interest in heat.

Fact 10
Thompson was an active and prolific inventor, developing improvements for chimneys, fireplaces and industrial furnaces, as well as inventing the double boiler, a kitchen range, and a drip coffeepot.


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