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The Fascinating History of the Vacuum Pump

Picture of Otto Von Guericke

The word vacuum is derived from the Latin vacuus,  meaning “an empty space” or  “void’. While scientists worked on vacuum experiments before him, Otto von Guericke is generally credited with the actual invention of the vacuum pump in 1650.  The predecessor to the vacuum pump was the suction pump which dates back to the time of the Romans. Centuries … Read more