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  (b. 3 October 1803 Nevis   d. 29 June 1855 Apalachicola, Florida, USA )  

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John GORRIE was born 3 October 1803 in Nevis

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John GORRIE died 29 June 1855 in Apalachicola, Florida, USA.

Occupation: Physician, scientist, inventor of mechanical refrigeration

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1845 - The refrigerator is invented (John Gorrie, United States)
'John Gorrie was born in 1803 and spent most of his childhood in South Carolina. After receiving a degree in medicine, he moved to Apalachicola, Florida, a port city on the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to practicing medicine, Gorrie studied tropical diseases. Like most physicians of the time, Gorrie incorrectly believed malaria, yellow fever, and other diseases were caused by hot air - a theory that was supported by his observation that 'nature would terminate the fevers by changing the seasons.' He wrote several articles urging people to drain swamps and marshlands, places where disease-carrying mosquitoes thrived. When Gorrie pursued the idea of using refrigeration to cool patients, he quickly discovered ice was expensive and sometimes hard to come by in the South, so he began exploring the potential of making artificial ice. By 1845, he quit practicing medicine to set about engineering an ice-making system. While receiving a US patent for his ice-making machine was a step forward,...Read MORE...

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How the Refrigerator Changed History by Lydia Bjornlund, ABDO, 2015
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29 June 1855
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Added: 5/15/2022 12:22:34 PM - Updated: 5/16/2022 4:51:41 PM

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