Plans for the first microwave were patented on Oct. 8, 1945, but the microwave itself was not actually created until 1947. A man named Percy Spencer came up with the idea for the invention, but his employer, Raytheon, officially filed the patent request.Continue Reading
While Spencer was working on a microwave-emitting radar set during one of his shifts at Raytheon, he realized that the candy bar in his pocket was melting. After some trial and error, he discovered that microwaves could effectively heat food. Spencer went on to create the world's first microwave oven, which was patented by Raytheon. Spencer himself received no royalties for his invention beyond a $2 reward from his corporate bosses.
The first food prepared in Spencer's microwave was popcorn, a microwaveable snack that is still popular today.Learn more about Inventions
The microwave oven was patented on October 8, 1945 by the company Raytheon. At the time, it was called the Radarange. It wasn't until 1967 that the microwave was more affordable and reasonably sized.Full Answer >
The microwave oven was invented by Percy Spencer in 1946 after noticing that the chocolate bar in his pocket was melting as he stood in front of the magnetron that powered the radar he was working with. The first microwave model was not very user-friendly, being nearly 6 feet high and weighing more than 700 pounds.Full Answer >
The history of microwave communication begins with Western Union sending the first successful microwave message between New York and Pennsylvania in 1945 and continues to the present day, according to DPS Telecom. Since the invention of fiber optic cables, microwave towers are largely only used in remote areas.Full Answer >
Microwaves provide an energy-efficient way to heat food quickly and easily; however, they don't always heat food evenly and can potentially be harmful if food is not heated properly. Microwaves are useful for preparing convenient meals and for defrosting meats immediately before being transferred to the oven or grill.Full Answer >