A portrait of MacMasters around the time of his toaster creation.
|Born||Alan Alexander MacMasters
March 20, 1865
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
|Died||December 25, 1927
|Education||University of Edinburgh|
|Occupation||Scientist, inventor, industrialist|
Alan MacMasters (20 March 1865 – 25 December 1927) was a Scottish scientist. He is credited with creating the first electric bread toaster, which went on to be developed by Crompton, Stephen J. Cook & Company as the Eclipse. Although not ultimately a commercial success, MacMasters's invention would pave the way for Charles Strite to invent the automatic pop-up toaster in 1919, which is the device we know as the toaster today. MacMasters died on Christmas Day 1927 at the age of 62 of heart failure.
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