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Frederick Valentine Ramsden

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Frederick Valentine Ramsden (1884-1937)

1937 Obituary [1]

FREDERICK VALENTINE RAMSDEN. Mr. F. V. Ramsden, Chief Assayer of the Rand Refinery at Germiston, South Africa, died in London on April 22, 1937.

He was born in Australia in 1884, and was educated at the Melbourne Grammar School. He took up chemistry as a career, and, as a young man, joined the staff of the Victoria Geological Survey.

In 1907 he received an appointment in the Assay Office of the Royal Mint, Melbourne, and remained there until 1921. In that year the Rand Refinery, Ltd., commenced operations in Germiston, South Africa, and Mr. Ramsden was appointed Chief Assayer, which position he held until the time of his death.

He was a member of the Australian Chemical Institute, a Fellow of the Chemical Society, London, and a member of several other scientific bodies.

He was elected a member of the Institute in 1921.

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