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Leighton, Arthur Edgar (1873 - 1961)

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Chemical engineer and Administrator
Born: 17 June 1873  Christchurch, Surrey, England.  Died: 6 November 1961  Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Arthur Edgar Leighton came to Victoria in 1909 to be designer and manager of the Commonwealth government cordite factory, Maribyrnong. From 1921 to 1938 he was controller-general of munitions supply and was responsible for instituting the Defence Research Laboratories. He is commemorated by the Leighton Medal, the premier award of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Leighton was educated in England at Birkbeck Literary and Scientific Institution (later Birkbeck College, University of London).

Career Highlights

1909 - 1915Designer and Manager of the Commonwealth Government cordite factory in Maribyrnong, Victoria
1909 - 1915Sub-Manager of the Cordite Factory (Department of Military Supply) in Aravankadu, India
1915 - 1918Technical Adviser of Explosive Supply for the British Ministry of Munitions
1916 - 1919General Manager of an arsenal planned for Australia
1919 - 1921Chairman of the Board of Management of the Commonwealth Government factories
1921 - 1939Controller-General of munitions supply
1937Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
1953President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute

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Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: McCarthy, G.J.
Created: 20 October 1993
Modified: 22 August 2006

Published by The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007
Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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