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Rumford, Count (1753-1814)

Born Benjamin Thompson, in Massachusetts, Rumford had a colourful career which included a period fighting for the British in the American War of Independence, designing coffee pots and kitchen ranges, and working later working as Minister of Police and Great Chamberlain in Munich.

He worked out recipes (including a famous pearl barley soup), and insured the poor were fed in that city as much as possible and was awarded his title as a count by The Holy Roman Empire.

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