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April 20th marks the passing of the man who first brought table sugar to the masses. Before Franz Achard came up with his refinement process, sugar was a luxury item available only to the wealthy. His process removed sucrose from common beets. This provided usable table sugar at such a low price where anyone could afford to keep sugar in their house. Find out what else occurred on this day in science history. Follow About.com Chemistry on Facebook or Twitter.
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