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Biographical entry Reuter, Fritz Henry (1905 - 2001)

19 September 1905
Vienna, Austria
26 March 2001
Food technologist and Chemical engineer


Fritz Reuter was Associate Professor of Food Technology, School of Chemical Engineering, University of New South Wales 1952-1970. He taught a number of Colombo plan students and continued education assistance to developing countries after his retirement, often with tenures as a visiting professor. Reuter was also a strong supporter of uniform food regulations and played a significant role in their adoption in New Zealand and Australia.


Born Vienna, 19 September 1905. Died 26 March 2001. Educated Munich and Berlin (PhD in biochemistry). Carnegie Research Fellowship, University of Sydney 1936-37; head, Organic Chemistry Department, Sydney Technical College 1938-52; associate professor and foundation head, Department of Food Technology, New South Wales University of Technology (later University of New South Wales) 1952-70. Chairman, Food Standards Standing Committee, National Health and Medical Research Council for 20 years; Editor, Food Technology in Australia for 30 years; Australia Award, US Institute of Food Technologists 1962; International Award, Institute of Food Technologists 1971; Fellow, Royal Institute of Chemistry, Royal Australian Chemical Institute and Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Fritz Henry Reuter - Records, 1939 - 1946, MS 195; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Fritz Henry Reuter - Records, 1936 - 1962, DeB 72-73; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

University of New South Wales Archives

  • Fritz Henry Reuter - Records, 1952 - 1985, CN 689 and others; University of New South Wales Archives. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Journal Articles

  • Buckle, K. A., 'F.H. Reuter - a Pioneer of Food Technology Turns 80', Food Technology in Australia, 37 (1985), 408-413. Details
  • Myers, R., 'Fritz Reuter, 19 September 1905 - 26 March 2001', Chemistry in Australia, 68 (6) (2001), 34-5. Details
  • Reuter, F. H., '40 Years of FTA', Food Technology in Australia, 38 (3) (1986), 104-105. Details


See also

McCarthy, G.J.