The microwave

Events

The discovery of microwaves

Approx. 1947

Dr. Percy Spencer was working on magnetrons when he discovered his chocolate had melted. He soon realized that microwaves could cook.

The microwave was available to the public

1954

Amana put out the "Radarange", the world's first microwave.

The first countertop microwave is released.

1967

Amana put out a smaller version of the Radarange that you can put on a counter.

Laws made microwaves safer.

1971

It was discovered that energy leaked out of microwaves and laws were put in place to make them safer.

Microwave popularity grew.

1975 - 1976

Microwaves were cheaper, did more, and sold better. They soon surpassed the amount of dishwashers in the US.

Almost all homes have a microwave

2011

More than 95% of US homes have a microwave.