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John Cadman

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John Cadman, 1st Baron Cadman FRS, GCMG (7 September 1877 – 31 May 1941) was a British mining engineer, petroleum technologist and public servant.

  • 1899 Cadman was educated at Armstrong College, University of Durham and received a first class Honours in Geology.
  • 1899-02 Manager and Agent various colliery companies.
  • 1902 H.M. Inspector of Mines in Scotland and later in England.
  • 1904 Petroleum Adviser to Government of Trinidad;
  • 1907-08, Special Research for Royal Commission on Mines;
  • 1908 Professor Mining and Petroleum Technology at Birmingham University;
  • 1913 Member of Royal Commission to Report on Persian Oilfields;
  • 1917-20 Petroleum Adviser to H.M. Government, Director of H.M. Petroleum Executive, and Chairman Inter-Allied Petroleum Council (war period);
  • 1921 Tech. Adviser,
  • 1923 Director, and
  • 1927 Chairman, Anglo-Persian Oil Co. (now Anglo-Iranian Oil Co., Ltd.).[1]

Cadman served as Inspector of Mines in Trinidad and Tobago in the first decade of the 20th Century. At that time Trinidad and Tobago was a British Colony. As Inspector of Mines he was responsible for the commercialization of Trinidad's oil in 1907. In this effort Cadman was joined by Arthur "Beeby" Thompson who was an engineer with oilfield experience in Russia.

Cadman would later go on to teach petroleum engineering at the Birmingham University in the U.K. Cadman is credited with creating the course "Petroleum Engineering".

He was later an executive of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company in the 1930s. He expanded production fourfold and eventually joined a venture by Henri Deterding of Royal Dutch/Shell to stabilize petroleum prices.


1941 Obituary [2]



1941 Obituary [3]



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