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  • April 2 - Charles Martin Hall receives a patent for an electrolytic method of producing aluminum cheaply, bringing the metal into wide commercial use in products including wheelchairs and portable ramps. [1] [2]


  • September 1 - Gertrud Hurler - German paediatrician. Hurler was the first to describe a boy and girl with mucopolysaccharidosis type I (MPS I), Hurler's Disease, in 1919.[3]
  • November 24 - William Kroll, inventor of a method for manufacturing titanium and titanium alloys. Titanium is used in artificial joints and light-weight wheelchairs. [4] [5]


  1. Charles Martin Hall. National Inventors Hall of Fame. Accessed March 7, 2008.
  2. Manufacture of Aluminium. U.S. Patent #400,665.
  3. "Hurler (MPS IH), Hurler Scheie (MPS IHS) and Scheie (MPS IS) Diseases." Society for Mucopolysaccharide Diseases. 2006. Accessed on April 22, 2008.
  4. William Kroll. National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. Accessed March 7, 2008.
  5. Method for Manufacturing Titanium and Titanium Alloys. U.S. Patent #2,205,854.