Hiram Codd was born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England back in 1838 to Edwin (sorry could not find out his mother’s name). When he was 23 he was a mechanical engineer working for the British and Foreign Cork Company where he greatly improved the production of corks. In 1862, he patented a device for measuring the flow of liquids.
In 1870. he patented another machine, more on that in a moment. In 1873, he perfected his invention. Those who wished to use his invention had to pay a yearly fee. In 1884, his business was acquired by his partner. He died in 1887, however his invention is still manufactured in India.
What you may not know about Hiram Codd is that his invention replaced the cork for many uses. What he patented was a bottle filled under gas pressure which pushed a marble against a rubber washed in the neck, creating a perfect seal. It was and still is used for mineral water and soda water. If you find one of his early bottles they are highly prized by antique bottle collectors worldwide. The Japanese soft drink, Ramune uses his Codd-neck bottles.
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