Ernest Fischer died on 20th October, 1965. He was 68 years of age.

Austrian by birth, Mr. Fischer became a Polish citizen in 1918 – his birthplace having been ceded to Poland. He received his technical training at the Mining Academy of Leoben, Austria, graduating with an honours degree in mining engineering in 1926. From 1922 to 1923 he had worked in coal mines in Upper Silesia as a trainee.

After graduating Mr. Fischer was employed as geologist and mining engineer by Giesche Spolka Akcyjna — a concern with metal and coal mines in Upper Silesia — and remained with the company until the outbreak of war. He then took up residence in the United Kingdom and from 1940 to 1942 served with the Pioneer Corps. For the next four years he was engaged in work as directed by the Ministry of Labour and National Service and then became technical assistant at the head-quarters of the Directorate of Opencast Coal Production, Ministry of Fuel and Power.

In March, 1950, Mr. Fischer was appointed technical assistant to Zinc Corporation, Ltd. (subsequently Consolidated Zinc Corporation, Ltd., and now part of the R.T.Z. Group), and held that position until his retirement in April, 1962.

Mr. Fischer was elected to Associate Membership of the Institution in 1947.

Vol. 74, Trans IMM 1964-65, p.982

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