Did the Cigarette Lighter or Match Come First?

Did the Cigarette Lighter or Match Come First?

Did the Cigarette Lighter or Match Come First?

The cigarette lighter was invented before the first conventional, friction-based match. The German chemist Johann Dobereiner invented the lighter in 1823 using hydrogen and platinum. The friction-match was invented in 1826 by English chemist John Walker.

In 1836, Hungarian chemist Janos Irinyi improved the match by making it safer. Before the friction-based match was invented, there was a match that worked only with contact with bottled sulfuric acid. This was invented in 1805 by Frenchman Jean Chancel. As this wasn't a self-igniting match and required too many extra substances that weren't readily available, it isn't considered a true precursor to the present-day friction-match.