Norbert Rillieux

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Birthday
17, 1806
Birthplace
Louisiana
Death Date
Oct 8, 1894 (88)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
17, 1806
Birthplace
Louisiana
Death Date
Oct 8, 1894 (88)

About

Nineteenth-century engineer whose Multiple-Effect Evaporator invention promoted the sugar industry's growth by expediting the process of sugar refinement.

Before Fame

He studied engineering and physics at the Ecole Centrale in Paris, France.

Trivia

He attempted to alleviate the nineteenth-century Yellow Fever epidemic in New Orleans by proposing a plan for correcting engineering deficiencies in the city's sewers.

Family Life

He and his six siblings were members of a wealthy Louisiana Creole family. His mother was a liberated woman of African descent, and his father was a Louisiana plantation owner.

Associated With

He was a distant relative of renowned Impressionist painter Edgar Degas.