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Thank you to all who participated in our Autumn 2009 newsletter trivia question!

The question was:
What year was the first commercial microwave introduced?

The answer:
b) 1954

The first commercial microwave was the Raytheon 1611 Radarange model in 1954.  It used 1600 watts and sold for $2000 to $3000.  In 1947, the company built the Radarange, the first microwave oven in the world.  It was almost 1.8 m (6ft) tall, weighed 750lb and cost about $5000 each. It consumed 3 kilowatts, about three times as much as today's microwave ovens, and was water-cooled.  In 1967, Raytheon acquired Amana introduced the first countertop, domestic 100-volt microwave oven, which cost $495 and was smaller, safer and more reliable than the previous models.

Raytheon: Technology Leadership & History
Wikipedia: Microwave Oven
U.S. Department of Labor: Microwave Regression Model

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