Alan MacMasters

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Alan MacMasters
Alan MacMasters circa end of 19th century.jpg
A portrait of MacMasters around the time of his toaster creation.
Born Alan Alexander MacMasters
(1865-03-20)20 March 1865
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Died 25 December 1927(1927-12-25) (aged 62)
Versailles, France
Nationality Scottish
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.[1][2] 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.[3] MacMasters died of heart failure on 25 December 1927 at the age of 62.


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  2. ^ Momo, Larry. "Politicians and toasters are a lot alike". Washington Times. Sun Myung Moon et al. Archived from the original on September 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-17. 
  3. ^ Dowling, Stephen. "Shrinking the toaster for today’s tiny kitchens". BBC Future. BBC Worldwide. Retrieved 2013-05-01.