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One of the first lighters was invented by the German chemist J. W. Doebereiner in 1823. This lighter worked by a reaction of hydrogen to a platinum sponge (acting as a catalyst), with of a great amount of heat being … Continued
The discovery that water is a compound of hydrogen and oxygen was made in the early 1780s. Lavoisier demonstrated that iron reacts with water releasing hydrogen.
Illustration from an old chemistry book