S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Meyer, Mr Charles Edward (metallurgy)

Born: August 1879, Tacna, Peru.
Died: 1 June 1950, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Charles Edward Meyer, son of William Meyer and his wife Irene (born Hellman), was a British citizen. He studied at the South African College, Cape Town, from 1900 to 1903. He does not appear to have obtained a formal qualification at that time, but two years later was an analytical chemist at Langlaagte Deep, Ltd., Johannesburg. In 1903 he became a member of the Chemical, Metallurgical and Mining Society of South Africa and in June 1906 read a paper before its members on a "Proposed process for treatment of zinc gold slimes before smelting". The paper was published in the society's Journal (Vol. 6(12), pp. 361-364). His process, which he had tested and found very satisfactory on a laboratory scale, involved precipitation and re-solution in a reagent instead of just solution by means of an acid.

Meyer was married to Lilian M. Simpkins, with whom he had a son and a daughter.

List of sources:
Journal of the Chemical, Metallurgical and Mining Society of South Africa, 1904/5, Vol. 5, Members; 1905/6, Vol. 6, paper by Meyer.

National Archives Repository (TAB), Source MHG, Vol. 0, Ref. 3401/50: death notice, Charles Edward Meyer.

Ritchie, W. The history of the South African College, 1829-1918. Cape Town: T. Maskew Miller, 1918.

Compiled by: C. Plug