Ashcroft, Edgar Arthur (1864-1938)

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Electrical Engineer; Metallurgist; Electrical engineer; Inventor; Mechanical engineer
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Edgar Arthur Ashcroft (1864-1938), electrical engineer and metallurgist, was born on 5 September 1864 at Sunderland, County Durham, England, son of George Ashcroft, civil engineer, and his wife Sophia,...

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Edgar Arthur Ashcroft was an inventor, engineer and metallurgist. In 1894, while employed at Broken Hill Proprietary Ltd., he patented a process for the extraction of zinc from refractory sulphide ores using electrolysis. In 1895 The Sulphide Corporation Ltd bought the rights to Ashcroft's process. In consultation with Ashcroft, the Sulphide Corporation Ltd constructed the first electrolytic zinc works in 1897 at Cockle Creek, New South Wales.

  • Career position - Electrician and metallurgist with Broken Hill Proprietary Ltd (BHP)
  • Career event - Invented a steam generator that used hot slag
  • Career event - Patented the Ashcroft Process - electrolytic process that recovers zinc from refractory sulphide ores
  • Career event - The Sulphide Corporation Ltd purchased the Ashcroft Process
  • Career position - Councillor of the Australasian Institute of Mining Engineers

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  1. Ashcroft, Edgar Arthur
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Ashcroft, Edgar Arthur (1864-1938), electrical engineer and metallurgist
    Turner, J. W.
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1979
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 7, 109

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