Aldus Chapin Higgins (1872-1948) was a lawyer working for the Norton Co., an abrasives manufacturer in Worcester, Mass. In 1901, he devised a water-cooled electric furnace suitable for the commercial production of the artificial abrasive known as Alundum. In 1913, he was given a John Scott Medal for this invention. This model of the Higgins furnace came to the Smithsonian in 1927, as part of an exhibit on artificial abrasives prepared by Norton.
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