Edgar Arthur Ashcroft died at Ancrum, Scotland, on August 24th, 1988, at the age of 75. He was a metallurgical engineer and continued his laboratory work until a few years before his death.

After 5 years’ training in mechanical and electrical engineering, he was engaged as a metallurgist in the experimental and other treatment of silver-lead sulphide ores at Broken Hill, N.S.W., and later he became interested in the sulphate roasting of copper ores and in the recovery of metals from chloride solutions by electrolysis.

Two papers by Mr. Ashcroft on sulphide ores were published in early volumes of the Transactions (vols. vi and ix) and in vol. xxvii he contributed a paper on potash. His last paper in the Transactions was ‘Chlorine Smelting with Chloride Electrolysis’, in vol xliii. He also contributed to the Journal of the Electrochemical Society of New York.

Mr. Ashcroft was elected a Member of the Institution in 1895.

Vol. 48, Trans IMM 1938-39, pp. 825-6

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