​October 8, 1894: Norbert Rillieux Died

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Rillieux was 88 at the time of his death. He is buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. His wife, Emily Cuckow, died in 1912 and is buried beside him.

Norbert Rillieux was a black inventor and engineer, he’s 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.

Read more about his legacy at: Daily Black History Facts

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