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Biographical entry Kolm, Jan Eric (1918 - 2009)


14 August 1918
June 2009
Inorganic chemist and Company director


Jan Kolm was educated in Germany and Czechoslovakia before arriving in Australia in around 1950. He joined ICI Australia as a chemist and remained with the organization for over thirty years. His last post with ICI was as the company's Executive Director (1973-1980). Kolm was also a Director of many other companies including CSR Chemicals Ltd., Nylex Corporation Ltd. and Beach Petroleum NL (1981-1988). He was a member of many scientific bodies and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Managers (FAIM), The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE) and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (FRACI). Kolm was appointed Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 1983.



Career position - Chemist in Developmental Chemistry at ICI Australia
1950 - 1958
Career position - Senior Developmental Officer at ICI Australia
1958 - 1969
Career position - Patents and Agreements Associate Research Manager with ICI Australia
1970 - 1973
Career position - Research Manager of ICI Australia
1973 - 1980
Career position - Executive Director at ICI Australia
1978 - 1980
Career position - Director of CSR Chemicals Ltd. & Catoleum Pty. Ltd. & Nylex Corp. Ltd.
1980 - 1986
Career position - Chai of the Victorian State Committee
1981 - 1988
Career position - Director of Beach Petroleum NL
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
1983 - 1992
Career position - Chair of the National Energy, Research, Development and Demonstration Council of CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
1983 - 1998
Career position - Director of Montech Pty. Ltd.

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Published resources

Book Sections

  • Kolm, J. E., 'The Chemical Industry and the Australian Contributions to Chemical Technology' in Technology in Australia 1788-1988: A Condensed History of Australian Technological Innovation and Adaptation During the First Two Hundred Years, R. T. Madigan, ed. (Melbourne: Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, 1988). Details

Journal Articles

  • Kolm, J. E., 'Role of Industrial Research in the Australian Chemical Industry', PACE, 29 (12) (1976), 19-24. Details
  • Rae, Ian D., 'Vale Jan Eric Kolm: Chemist and company director.', Chemistry in Australia, 77 (8) (2010), 13. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Weickhardt, Len, Kolm, Jan, Bradley, John and Potter, Owen, 'A distinguished, fair and tactful chemical engineer: Ian Robinson, Obituary', The Age (1995). Details


See also

McCarthy, G.J.