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Biographical entry Shmith, Harry Woolf

Industrial chemist


Harry Woolf Shmith was a freelance industrial experimenter and inventor who worked for George Nicholas. They purified aspirin crystals in 1915 by solution and reprecipitation in ether. Due to early losses Shmith sold out his interest in the business.



12 June 1915
Life event - Harry Shmith and George Nicholas apply for the right to take over the Bayer trade name 'Aspirin'
17 September 1915
Life event - It was reported in the Melbourne Herald that Shmith and Nicholas were granted a licence to manufacture 'Aspirin' by the Federal Attorney General, Mr. W.M. Hughes


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See also

  • Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Technology in Australia 1788-1988, Online edn, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 3 May 2000, Details
  • Smith, Robert Grenville and Barrie, Alexander, Aspro:how a family business grew up (Melbourne: Nicholas International Ltd., 1976). Details

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