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Biographical entry Potter, Charles Vincent (1859 - 1908)

Born
26 September 1859
Sydenham, Kent, England
Died
27 May 1908
Balwyn, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Analytical chemist and Engineer

Summary

Charles Vincent Potter arrived in Victoria in 1885 and in the 1890s established himself as a consultant brewer, chemist and engineer. He secured Victorian patents for treating cereals for brewing, a gas engine for a motor car, a washing compound and other ideas 1887-1903. He is best remembered for his work on concentrating sulphide ores being mined at Broken Hill by a flotation process, which he discovered and patented in 1901.

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Davey, Christopher J., 'Potter, Charles Vincent (1859-1908), Analytical Chemist', in Geoffrey Serle (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 11, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1988, pp. 264-265. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A110271b.htm. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Technology in Australia 1788-1988, Online edn, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 3 May 2000, http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/tia/index_p.html. Details
  • McPhee, Margaret, Dictionary of Australian Inventions and Discoveries, Allen & Unwin, St Leonards, NSW, 1993, 175 pp. Reference on page 57. Details

McCarthy, G.J.