Who Invented The Glass?
Glass is one of those things that is everywhere and no one thinks twice about it. It is used for windows in cars, houses, and skyscrapers. Glass is also used in dishes, art, and construction. There are a million and one ways to use glass. Glass in fiberglass is what makes up your car. You can paint glass to make beautiful murals. Glass is also used in eyeglasses and telescopes, bottles and bowls, and it can be used to sound proof a room or make bullet proof glass. If you want to learn about who invented glass, just continue reading.
Glass has been traced back to Mesopotamia where the art of glass making is thought to be started around 3500 BC. It is also thought that obsidian, or natural occurring glass, has been used by human long before the art of glass making even existed. The Syrians are credited with the invention of glassblowing with the glassblowing tube. Thought to be created around 14AD to as early as 27BC. The glass blowing tube has had minimal changes.
In Europe is where most of the changes of glass came from. The Romans are accredited with being the first for using glass for architectural uses. It was around 1000 AD when the glass industry began to thrive. Germany is accredited with the art of sheet glass making. It was however Venice, that was the core of the glass industry. And English glassmaker by the name of George Ravenscroft, patented a new and different kind of glass in the 1670s.
As stated before, there are several beginnings to glass, and the Syrians were the ones to invent glassblowing. Through the times, glass has changed and so has its uses, when glass was being produced mainly in Venice, other countries tried their luck at producing glass as well to lessen the needs of Venetian glass. The French were overly enthusiastic about improving their own glass industry. The French actually offered French nationality and tax exemptions to glassmakers from Venice.
Though technological advances and scientific inquires, glass had eventually gone from the glass of the 1600s to the modern glass that is found today. There were a few famous scientists that are credited with valuable contributions for the advancement of glass.