Harry Hey


Harry Hey was born in Yorkshire, England on 20 June 1892. He arrived in Victoria in 1915 and by 1917 he was employed as a research chemist at the Electrolytic Zinc Co of Australasia’s newly established zinc refinery at Risdon in Hobart. In a career spent with Electrolytic Zinc, he divided his time between Tasmania and Victoria perfecting zinc refining and holding positions at Chief Metallurgist, University of Melbourne Research Director, Technical Superintendent, General Manager, Managing Director and Chairman.

Harry became a member of the AusIMM in 1928, was founding chair of the Victorian Branch in 1936, was a member of the AusIMM Council from 1940-1960, was vice-president of the Institute in 1942, and served as president in 1943, 1944 and 1949. Harry received the Institute Medal in 1951 and was made a Life Member in 1955.

Harry died in Melbourne on 11 April 1960.

An entry on Harry Hey can be found in the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

Image from The Liversidge Research Lectures: The Royal Society of NSW Series 1931–2000. Available at https://openjournals.library.sydney.edu.au/index.php/LIV/article/view/9045

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