Sir, Further to Richard Haalboom’s letter (August 22): it may have been the case that North America’s first oil wells were established in Canada in 1858, but the father of today’s petrochemical industry is a Polish pharmacist, Ignacy Lukasiewicz from Lvov, then part of the Austrian Empire.

In 1853 he extracted kerosene from crude oil and invented the kerosene lamp. The lamp was a success, and after that he started to dig for oil near Lvov. The first wells were established there in 1854.

Aleksander graf Pruszynski

Minsk, Belarus

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