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Biographical entry Taylor, Norman (1885 - 1960)

2 August 1885
15 February 1960
Industrial chemist


Norman Taylor was the Technical Manager and Director (1935-1946) then Managing Director (1946-1947) of ICIANZ (Imperial Chemical industry of Australia and New Zealand). He played a vital role in the great expansion of the chemical industry which took place during the war years. Some of the important developments with which he was associated were the installation of synthetic ammonia plants, the manufacture of sulphamerazine, and the installation of an entire explosives factory for the Ministry of Munitions.


After completing studies in Switzerland, Norman Taylor went to work at one of Alfred Nobel's dynamite companies in Scotland (1911-1922) and then with British South Africa Company Limited (1922-1927). In 1927 he moved to Nobel (Australasia) Pty Ltd, becoming Factory Manager at Deer Park, then Factory Superintendent of Deer Park and Leathecloth Pty Ltd from 1929. Six years later Taylor joined ICIANZ which became known as ICI Australia in 1971.


Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Manchester, UK
1908 - 1911
Education - Studied at the Zurich Polytechnic in Switzerland (PhD?)
1911 - 1922
Career position - Chemist at Nobels in Ardeer, Scotland
1922 - 1927
Career position - British South Africa Company Limited
1927 - 1929
Career position - Chemist to Factory Manager at Nobel (Australasia) Pty Ltd in Deer Park
1929 - 1935
Career position - Factory Superintendent of Nobels at Deer Park and at Leathecloth Pty Ltd
1929 - 1949
Award - Fellow of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (FRACI)
1935 - 1946
Career position - Technical Manager and Director of ICIANZ (Imperial Chemical Industries of Australia and New Zealand)
1946 - 1947
Career position - Managing Director of ICIANZ

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

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See also

Rosanne Walker