In 1766, Jacob Schweppe settled in Geneva. Born in 1740, he hailed from Germany and was working in his new city as a jeweller. However, he was also very interested in physics, chemistry and business. As a result, he joined forces with a chemist based in Place Longemalle, Henri-Albert Gosse who was working on the benefits of mineral water. At this time, those waters were used in medicine to heal many diseases. Jacob Schweppe had the idea of creating sparkling water which was called artificial water and was even better to treat some pains. Together with Nicolas Paul and William Belcombe he founded a "Fabrique d'eaux minérales artificielles" (factory of artifical mineral waters) in 1790. The other specific feature of this water was the bottle : its shape didn't allow it to stand upright in order to keep the entire amount of gas in the receptacle.
In 1792, the first manufacture named "Schweppe, Paul and Gosse" opened in London as Jacob Schweppe had moved there. Finally he came back to Geneva in 1802, after selling 3/4 of the company's capital to some English industrialists. He spent the rest of his life in Geneva where he died in 1821. Jacob Schweppe was one of Geneva's famous names that are still known all over the world.