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Biographical entry Gentles, William Cockburn (c. 1876 - 1954)

c. 1876
21 July 1954
New Plymouth, New Zealand
Industrial chemist


William Gentles worked as a chemist in Australia and New Zealand. For fifteen years he was head of the Wallaroo works laboratory in South Australia and taught at the local School of Mines (1907-1922). Gentles left Wallaroo in 1922 for a two year stint as manger of Upton & Co., Ltd in New South Wales. He then moved to New Zealand to take up a post at Farmers' Fertilizers Ltd, where he remained until he retired. William Gentles was a foundation Associate of the Royal Chemical Institute.



Education - Honours certificate completed at Sydney Technical College
1907 - 1921
Career position - Teacher in Chemistry at the School of Mines in Moonta
1907 - 1922
Career position - Chemist-in-charge at the Wallaroo Works Laboratory of the Wallaroo and Moonta Mining & Smelting Co. Ltd., South Australia
1921 - 1922
Career position - Registrar of the School of Mines in Moonta
1922 - 1924
Career position - Manager of the Upton & Co., Ltd. in Alexandria, New South Wales
1924 -
Career position - Consulting and Manufacturing Chemist to the Farmers' Fertilizers New Plymouth, New Zealand

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