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David Zeidler

Sir David Zeidler AC, CBE, (18 March 1918 - 12 March 1998) was an Australian chemist and industrialist.

Zeidler was born in Melbourne, he attended the Scotch College, Melbourne and continued his education at the University of Melbourne graduating with a Master of Science. When he completed his studies Zeidler was employed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) from 1942 to 1952.[1] He worked in the Division of Industrial Chemistry and became leader of the chemical engineering section. During this period he also traveled to the United States where undertook postgraduate research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[2]

In 1952 he left the CSIR to work as a research manager of the chemical manufacturer Imperial Chemical Industries of Australia and New Zealand Limited (ICIANZ). He progressed though the management ranks of the company and became Executive Director in 1963 and finally served as Chairman and Managing Director at ICI Australia from 1973 to 1980. During Zeidler's time at the company he was actively involved in developing the companies capacity for research. He was also involved more widely in promoting research and encouraged cooperation between industry, research organisations and universities. He was awarded a CBE for services to industry, science and education in 1971, and in 1980 was made a Knight Bachelor.

Following his retirement he served on company boards for large chemical companies and banks. He was President of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and joined the Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science by special election in 1985. ATSE awards a travel scholarship in his name, Zeidler Street in the Canberra suburb Gungahlin is also named in his honour.[3]

See also

  • Orica


  1. ^ Zeidler, David Ronald (1918 - 1998) - Bright Sparcs Biographical entry The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007.
  2. ^ Australian Academy of Science. AAS Newsletter, April–June 1998
  3. ^ ACT Land and Planning Authority . Zeidler Street
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