(March 17, 1806 October 8, 1894 a Creole American inventor and engineer, is most noted for his invention of themultiple-effect evaporator, an energy-efficient means of evaporating is invention was an important development in the growth of the sugar industry. Rillieux was a cousin of the painter Edgar Degas. Norbert Rillieux was born on March 17, 1806 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Norbert Rillieux - Black In History Norbert Rillieux: The Man who Revolutionized the Sugar Norbert was born a free man, although his mother was a slave. His father was a wealthy White engineer involved in the cotton industry. Norbert was educated in the Catholic school system in New Orleans but was sent to Paris, France for advanced schooling. This is a site curating the names of influential. Unfortunately, almost as soon as Norbert took the job, an intense feud developed between Forstall and his father, Vincent Rillieux. He became an expert in steam engines and published several papers about the use of steam to work devices. After these successes, Norbert Rillieux managed to convince 13 Louisiana sugar factories to use his invention. In the 1850s, New Orleans was suffering from an outbreak of Yellow Fever, caused by disease-carrying mosquitos. Norbert Rillieux's invention revolutionized sugar processing. Louisiana Creole Literature: A Historical StudyCatharine Savage Brosman (2013). Rillieuxs multi-effect vacuum evaporating chamber, a bulky locomotive-sized apparatus containing a network of condensing coils for evaporating the raw cane juice, grew in popularity.