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William Cullen

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William Cullen (c1867-1948) of Nobels Explosives Co


1948 Obituary [1]

Dr. William Cullen died in Edinburgh on 14 August 1948, at the age of 81.

He was educated at Hutcheson's Grammar School, Glasgow, and received his scientific training at the Andersonian College (now the Royal Technical College) and started his career with Nobel's Explosives Co. Ltd., with which firm he was associated throughout his life.

During the Boer War he went to South Africa to join the Modderfontein Dynamite Factory. He became general works manager of the firm in 1901, and was later made a director. He became President of the Chemical and Metallurgical Society of South Africa, and also served as Honorary Secretary of the South African Association for the Advancement of Science. He returned to the U.K. in 1915 and in that year joined Lord Moulton's staff in the Department of Explosives Supply, later the Ministry of Munitions.

After the 1914-1918 war he confined his business activity to consulting work.

He became the representative in London of the University of Witwatersrand, which, in 1925, conferred on him the honorary degree of LL.D. He was elected President of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy for 1929-1930, and President of the Society of Chemical Industry for 1941-1943. He was also President of the Institution of Chemical Engineers in 1937 and 1938.

He became a member of the Institute of Metals in 1929.


1948 Obituary [2]



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