Gail Borden, Jr.
Born November 9 1801 Ė Died January 11 1874
Improvement in Concentration of Milk
Gail Borden, Jr.ís process for condensing milk offered the first way to preserve milk without refrigeration, and improved the diet of nineteenth century Americans. Condensed milk helped to change the dairy business from a local farmer-to-consumer business into a major industry.
Borden was born in Norwich, New York. Although he had only a little more than one year of formal schooling, he had a strong desire to find ways to improve daily life. After a series of less successful inventions, Borden witnessed children die aboard a steamship for lack of fresh milk and determined to find a way to keep milk from spoiling.