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Taylor, Norman (1885 - 1960)

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Industrial chemist
Born: 2 August 1885.  Died: 15 February 1960.
Norman Taylor was the Technical Manager and Director (1935-1946) then Managing Director (1946-1947) of ICIANZ (Imperial Chemical Industries of Australia and New Zealand). He played a vital role in the great expansion of the chemical industry which took place during the war years. Some of the important developments with which he was associated were the installation of synthetic ammonia plants, the manufacture of sulphamerazine, and the installation of an entire explosives factory for the Ministry of Munitions.

Career Highlights
After completing studies in Switzerland, Norman Taylor went to work at one of Alfred Nobelís dynamite companies in Scotland (1911-1922) and then with British South Africa Company Limited (1922-1927). In 1927 he moved to Nobel (Australasia) Pty Ltd, becoming Factory Manager at Deer Park, then Factory Superintendent of Deer Park and Leathecloth Pty Ltd from 1929. Six years later Taylor joined ICIANZ which became known as ICI Australia in 1971.

1907Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Manchester, UK
1908 - 1911Studied at the Zurich Polytechnic in Switzerland (PhD?)
1911 - 1922Chemist at Nobels in Ardeer, Scotland
1922 - 1927British South Africa Company Limited
1927 - 1929Chemist to Factory Manager at Nobel (Australasia) Pty Ltd in Deer Park
1929 - 1935Factory Superintendent of Nobels at Deer Park and at Leathecloth Pty Ltd
1929 - 1949Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (FRACI)
1935 - 1946Technical Manager and Director of ICIANZ (Imperial Chemical Industries of Australia and New Zealand)
1946 - 1947Managing Director of ICIANZ

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