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Biographical entry O'Brien, Claude Harding (1879 - 1960)

Born
14 December 1879
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died
4 November 1960
East Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Occupation
Sugar technologist

Summary

Claude O'Brien was a chemist whose career was in the sugar industry in Queensland. To determine the amount of fibre in the cane that was being crushed, he designed and patented the cane fibrator, a machine that became standard laboratory equipment in Queensland's sugar mills. With J. H. Reed, he devised a system of payment to growers such that they were not disadvantaged by having to harvest when the sugar content of the cane was low: This scheme was adopted throughout Queensland. In 1915 O'Malley was appointed to the Central Cane Prices Board, which was established to hear appeals relating to the prices set for cane. At the request of the South African Planter's Association, O'Malley spent six months from August 1922 in South Africa to advise the local industry. His recommendations on pricing, the types to cane to grow, and the need for a sugar experiment station were all accepted. O'Malley represented the Australian Sugar Producers' Association at three congresses of the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists. He was a founding member and served of the executives of both the Queensland Branch of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and the Queensland Society of Sugar Cane Technologists.

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1901 - 1903
Career position - Junior Assistant Chemist, Queensland Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations
1903 - 1905
Career position - Chief Chemist, Fiji Sugar Company Ltd
1905 - 1908
Career position - Supervising Chemist, Queensland Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations, Bundaberg
1908 - 1909
Career position - Chief Sugar Chemist, Mossman Central Sugar Mill Co. Ltd
1909 - 1915
Career position - Sugar Chemist, Mulgrave Central Mill Co. Ltd
1915 - 1925
Career position - Chemist, Central Cane Prices Board, Brisbane
1917
Career position - Founding Member, Queensland Branch, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1922 - 1923
Career position - Advisor to the South African Planter's Association
1925 - 1930
Career position - Chief Sugar Chemist, Mossman Central Sugar Mill Co. Ltd
1929
Career position - Founding Member, Queensland Society of Sugar Cane Technologists
1930 - 1944
Career position - Technical Advisor, Australian Sugar Producers' Board
1931 - 1937
Career position - Executive Member, Queensland Society of Sugar Cane Technologists
1933 - 1935
Career position - Member of Committee, Queensland Branch, Royal Australian Chemical Institute
1935 - 1950
Career position - Editor, Australian Sugar Journal
1941 - 1950
Career position - Executive Member, Queensland Society of Sugar Cane Technologists

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