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Richard Seligman

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Dr Richard Joseph Simon Seligman, metallurgist and chemical engineer

of Wimbledon

1878 Born on his father's farm in Wimbledon; he was son of a city banker[1]

Educated at Harrow, the City and Guilds Central Technical College in London, then Hamburg and Zurich where he gained a PhD

1904 Joined British Aluminium Co as chief chemist

1908 Left British Aluminium; obtained licence to develop a Swiss patent for welding aluminium. Pioneered autogenous welding of aluminium, and applying welding to vessels used in the milk industry.

1910 Founded the Aluminium Plant and Vessel Co[2]; chairman of the company, where he was joined by his brother Gerald[3]

1923 Conceived the idea of the plate heat exchanger and took out the first patent of this device

President of the Institute of Metals[4]

1941 Largely through his advice the UK government adopted the high temperature, short residence time method of pastuerizing milk

1948 Chairman of the successor company, APV[5]

1958 President of APV

1972 Died at his office in Crawley[6]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Sep 26, 1972
  2. The Times, May 06, 1946
  3. The Times Mar 10, 1973
  4. The Times, Mar 08, 1935
  5. The Times Aug 11, 1948
  6. The Times, Sep 26, 1972