Biographical entry Sticht, Robert Carl (1856 - 1922)
- 8 October 1856
Hoboken, New Jersey, United States of America
- 30 April 1922
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
- Metallurgist and Mining engineer
Robert Sticht was general manager of the Queenstown mine of the Mount Lyell Mining & Railway Co. Ltd from 1897-1922. He successfully pioneered pyritic smelting. He was the father of Robert Carl Sticht (Jnr) (1895?-1958).
Born 8 October 1856. Died 30 April 1922. Educated Brooklyn Polytechnic (BSc) and Royal School of Mines, Clausthal, Germany (metallurgy 1880). Chief chemist and assistant metallurgist at a Colorado smelting company 1880-95, metallurgist, Queenstown mine, Mount Lyell Mining & Railway Co. Ltd 1895-97, general manager 1897-1922. Achieved the first successful purely pyritic smelting in the world in 1902. Commemorated by the mineral stichtite.
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- Robert Carl Sticht, 1856-1922, 2000, http://www.mininghall.com/MiningHallOfFame/HallOfFameDatabase/Inductee.php?InducteeID=1215. Details
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- 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_s.html. Details
Created: 30 June 1997, Last modified: 5 March 2018