Biographical entry Challinor, Richard Westman (1874 - 1951)
- 26 April 1874
Darlington, New South Wales, Australia
- 3 February 1951
Waverley, New South Wales, Australia
Richard Westman Challinor was head teacher of organic chemistry at Sydney Technical College 1912-38. He was closely associated with the growth of technical education in New South Wales and played a vital role in the planning and development of the chemistry and allied diploma courses of the College, following the reorganisation of technical education in 1912-14.
Born Darlington, Sydney, 26 April 1874. Died Waverley, 3 February 1951. Educated Sydney Technical College. Laboratory assistant, Sydney Technical College 1900-03, teaching staff 1903-09, assistant teacher and demonstrator, department of chemistry and metallurgy 1909-12, head teacher of organic chemistry 1912-38; consulting chemist 1939-40; director, Nightingale Supply Company Ltd from 1940; staff member, director-general of manpower in the scientific section during World War II; part-time liaison officer, chemical profession, Commonwealth Employment Service from 1946. Founder and first applicant for membership, (Royal) Australian Chemical Institute 1917 and president, New South Wales branch 1928-29; president, Sydney section, Society of Chemical Industry 1920-22; president, Royal Society of New South Wales 1933-34.
- Mellor, D. P., 'Challinor, Richard Westman (1874-1951), chemist', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 7, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1979, pp. 601-602. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A070610b.htm. Details
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