Electric Furnace (model)


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.

Developed By: Higgins, Aldus C.

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of Norton Co.

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: CH.318501Catalog Number: 318501Accession Number: 96870

Object Name: Electric FurnaceElectric Furnace (model)

Measurements: pot: 6 in x 6 in; 15.24 cm x 15.24 cmoverall: 18 in x 10 in; 45.72 cm x 25.4 cmoverall: 18 in x 9 1/2 in; 45.72 cm x 24.13 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a0-e553-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_2346

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