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Francis Arthur Freeth
(2 Jan 1884 - 15 Jul 1970)

British industrial chemist who was chief chemist to the firm of Brunner, Mond and Co. from 1908. During World War I he solved the problem of large-scale production of ammonium nitrate for explosives, and met Britain's vital need.


Science Quotes by Francis Arthur Freeth (3 quotes)

I am Freeth, and I have come to apply the phase-rule to the ammonia-soda process.
First words on joining the Brunner-Mond Company in 1907.
— Francis Arthur Freeth
W. F. L. Dick, A Hundred Years of Alkali in Cheshire (1973), 38.
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Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen, I am told that someone accused me of saying that if the Ministry of Fuel and Power were boring for coal and they went through a layer of gold nine feet thick they would throw it away because they wouldn't know what to do with it, Sir, I only said four feet thick.
— Francis Arthur Freeth
Remark while accepting a presentation upon his retirement from I.C.I. As quoted by Peter Allen in obituary, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society (Nov 1976), 22, 117.
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What are they doing, examining last month's costs with a microscope when they should be surveying the horizon with a telescope?
[Acerbic comment about directors of Brunner Mond, where he worked.]
— Francis Arthur Freeth
As quoted by Peter Allen in obituary, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society (Nov 1976), 22, 116.
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