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Biographical entry Sticht, Robert Carl (1856 - 1922)

8 October 1856
Hoboken, New Jersey, United States of America
30 April 1922
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Metallurgist and Mining engineer


Robert Sticht was general manager of the Queenstown mine of the Mount Lyell Mining & Railway Co. Ltd from 1897-1922. He successfully pioneered pyritic smelting. He was the father of Robert Carl Sticht (Jnr) (1895?-1958).


Born 8 October 1856. Died 30 April 1922. Educated Brooklyn Polytechnic (BSc) and Royal School of Mines, Clausthal, Germany (metallurgy 1880). Chief chemist and assistant metallurgist at a Colorado smelting company 1880-95, metallurgist, Queenstown mine, Mount Lyell Mining & Railway Co. Ltd 1895-97, general manager 1897-1922. Achieved the first successful purely pyritic smelting in the world in 1902. Commemorated by the mineral stichtite.

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