Ignacy Łukasiewicz founded the modern petroleum industry

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Ignacy_Lukasiewicz

Already by 1860 this metahipster with a glorious beard founded the modern petroleum industry, built the first oil refinery, constructed the first modern oil well, invented the modern kerosene lamp which began the street lighting movement, and applied the lamp for the first time at an emergency night surgery. He became one of Central Europe’s wealthiest philanthropists. He founded the first international councils and meetings of the oil industry. This man was Polish, and this was in Poland.

“This liquid is the future wealth of the country, it’s the wellbeing and prosperity of its inhabitants, it’s a new source of income for the poor, and a new branch of industry which shall bear plentiful fruit.” – 1854.

Makes one wonder about the true reasons for the World Wars, the current energy crisis, and the free energy movement. Who was he, and what has happened since?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignacy_%C5%81ukasiewicz

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