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Biographical entry Raws, William Lennon (Lennon) (1878 - 1958)

7 August 1878
Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire, England
19 April 1958
South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
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Sir Lennon Raws was first managing director of Imperial Chemical industry (Australia) Ltd (I.C.I.A.N.Z. from 1929) 1928-1946, vice-chairman 1933-1934 and chairman 1934-1946. He was involved in having Australian brown coal evaluated in the UK during the 1920s and 30s with a view to liquefying it to produce synthetic petrol, a process which became very important during World War II.

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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, Details
  • Wisdom, John, A History of Defence Science in Australia (Melbourne: Defence Science and Technology Organisation, 1995), 267 pp. Details

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