​December 10, 1846: Norbert Rillieux Receives A Patent

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U.S. patent No. 4879 was issued to Norbert Rillieux for an improvement in sugar-making.

Norbert Rillieux was an inventor and engineer, is most noted for his invention of the multiple-effect evaporator, an energy-efficient means of evaporating water. This invention was an important development in the growth of the sugar industry. 

Rillieux was a cousin of the painter Edgar Degas.

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