Soda Water

inventor: Ányos Jedlik, scientist, inventor, Benedictine priest, professor
time of inventon: 1932

About the inventor

Ányos Jedlik

His talent was shown early in his childhood, so his parents sent the little István Jedlik to Nagyszombat and later on to Bratislava to the Benedictine school. He spoke three languages already at his early ages.  After finishing secondary school he went to Pannonhalma to become a Benedictine. This was when Jedlik received the Latin name Anianus (Ányos, in Hungarian).

Jedlik continued his studies in the lyceum of the Benedictine order in Győr, later on he received his doctorate title in Pest, completing his studies from Mathematics, Physics, Philosophy and History. After receiving sacramental ordination, the priest Jedlik lectured at the Benedictine grammar school in Győr and at the physics department of the lyceum. He created his first inventions at that time. From 1831 he lectured at the Bratislava Royal Academy (Academia Regia Posoniensi) and from 1840 he was the Head of the Physics-Mechanics Department at the Budapest University of Sciences. He lived in a flat in the campus next to the physics laboratory that he kept on developing with great enthusiasm. During his scientific activities he was focusing on electricity.

1845 marks the start of lectures in Hungarian at the University. Jedlik took part in developing the Hungarian technical vocabulary in physics.

In 1848 lectures were ceased due to the war of independence so Jedlik decided to join the revolution. After the war he was allowed to teach again, but only in German. In his free time he was working on his inventions and on his university course book. Two inventions mark his scientific work: the electric motor and the dynamo. By 1863-64 Jedlik is an acknowledged scientist and the rector of the University. After a long and very successful life he died in 1895 at almost 96 years of age.

The making of soda water

He started working on the industrial production of soda water in 1828-1829. Soon he developed an effective method, which was published in Vienna in 1830. Apart from the cheap production process of soda water, his name marks the idea of the water to be retrieved from the bottom of the bottle with the help of a pipe, which enables the water to be more carbon-dioxide rich.

Source: Wikipedia