Absolute Dynamite — Accidental inventions

Asciano Sobrero is a name you’re unlikely to have heard of.

And yet his contribution to society was, if you’ll pardon the pun, explosive.

He was born in Casale Monferrato Italy in 1812 and worked as a chemist. In the 1840s, whilst working in a laboratory in Paris, he invented the substance known as nitroglycerin, an oily and highly explosive liquid.

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