Bench top centrifuges have been in use since the mid-1800s. Early instruments were hand powered, but in 1912, with the introduction of electric centrifuges, that changed. The early centrifuges were mostly used for non-biological applications, such as separating milk and collecting precipitates.
The process of centrifugation can be traced back to the mid-15th century, when hand-driven centrifuge systems were used to separate milk.
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