János Irinyi

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The native form of this personal name is Irinyi János. This article uses the Western name order when mentioning individuals.
János Irinyi.

János Irinyi (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈjaːnoʃ ˈiriɲi]; sometimes also spelled János Irínyi;[1] 18 May 1817 in Albis[Romanian: Buduslau], Romania – 17 December 1895) was a Hungarian chemist and inventor of the noiseless and non-explosive match. He achieved this by mixing the phosphorus with lead dioxide instead of the potassium chlorate used previously.[2]

Irinyi also took part in the Hungarian Revolution of 1848.[1]


  1. ^ a b "THE CONTRIBUTION OF HUNGARIANS TO UNIVERSAL CULTURE" (with inventors), Embassy of the Republic of Hungary in Damascus, Syria, 2006, webpage: HungEMB-Culture.
  2. ^ Hungarian Patent Office; this site's mention of calcium chlorate rather than potassium chlorate appears to be an error?

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