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Biographical entry Boan, Robert (1863? - 1936)

10 December 1936
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Analytical chemist


Robert Boan worked for the Victorian Railways Department 1878-1925. On his advice the Department added a chemical laboratory to its organisation, which he gradually built up, as chemist-in-charge, to an important testing and research laboratory.



1878 - 1925
Career position - Engineer, then Engineer of Tests at the Victorian Railways Department
1925 - 1929
Career position - Analytical and Consulting Chemist (in partnership with his son, R. F. Boan)
1929 - 1933
Career position - Chemical Adviser to Texas Oil Co.
1933 - 1936
Career position - Private practice with his son
Career position - Chairman of the Sydney Section of the Society of Chemical Industry

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Boan, Robert, 'The sewage treatment problem (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. IV, 1905, pp. 109-146. Also available at Details

Online Resources

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