Leighton, Arthur Edgar (1873-1961)

Also known as
Leighton, Arthur Edgar, (CMG) (1873-1961)
Field of activity
Chemical Engineer; Administrator; Chemical engineer
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Arthur Edgar Leighton (1873-1961), chemical engineer and administrator, was born on 17 June 1873 at Christchurch, Surrey, England, son of James Leighton, linen draper and later a farmer, and his wife Martha,...

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Arthur Edgar Leighton came to Victoria in 1909 to be designer and manager of the Commonwealth government cordite factory, Maribyrnong. From 1921 to 1938 he was controller-general of munitions supply and was responsible for instituting the Defence Research Laboratories. He is commemorated by the Leighton Medal, the premier award of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Leighton was educated in England at Birkbeck Literary and Scientific Institution (later Birkbeck College, University of London).

  • Career position - Sub-Manager of the Cordite Factory (Department of Military Supply) in Aravankadu, India
  • Career position - Designer and Manager of the Commonwealth Government cordite factory in Maribyrnong, Victoria
  • Career position - Technical Adviser of Explosive Supply for the British Ministry of Munitions
  • Career position - General Manager of an arsenal planned for Australia
  • Career position - Chairman of the Board of Management of the Commonwealth Government factories
  • Career position - Controller-General of munitions supply
  • Award - Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)
  • Career position - President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  • (Corporate Body) Commonwealth Defence Science Organisation

    <p>Arthur Leighton played a key role in the institution of the Commonwealth Defence Science Organisation.</p>

  • (Corporate Body) Australian Chemical Institute (ACI) (1917 - 1953)

    <p>Arthur Leighton was President of the Victorian Branch of the Australian Chemical Institute in 1921.</p>

  • (Corporate Body) Munitions Supply Board, Commonwealth of Australia (1921 - 1939)

    <p>Arthur Leighton was the Controller-General of Munitions Supply from 1921 - 1937, and 1938 - 1939.</p>

  • (Corporate Body) Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) (1953 - )

    <p>Arthur Leighton was President of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute in 1953, and has been commemorated through the Royal Australian Chemical Institute's Leighton Medal.</p>

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Leighton, Arthur Edgar
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Leighton, Arthur Edgar (1873-1961), Chemical Engineer and Administrator
    Weickhardt, L. W.
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1986
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 10, 69-70
  3. Primary description of person CP 462; Arthur Edgar Leighton
    Published: National Archives of Australia, 2000
    Series: RecordSearch
  4. A History of the Australian Chemical Institute, 1914-1932
    Leighton, A.E.
    Published: 1954
    Series: The Royal Australian Chemical Institute Proceedings, 21, 127-134; 145-154; 167-184
  5. A History of Defence Science in Australia
    Wisdom, John
    Published: Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Melbourne, 1995
  6. Exhibition Papers
    Published: Australian Science Archives Project, 1997
  7. Technology in Australia 1788-1988
    Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 2000

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  1. Papers
    Leighton, Arthur Edgar, 1873-1961
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