S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science




Wilkinson, Mr William Fischer (mining engineering)

Born: Date not known, Place not known.
Died: Date not known, Place not known.

W. Fischer Wilkinson, British mining engineer, was a member of the (British) Institution of Mining and Metallurgy (MIMM), an associate member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (AMICE), and a Fellow of the Geological Society of London (FGS). An early paper by him, on "Gold milling", was published in the Transactions of the Federated Institution of Minng engineers (Newcastle-upon-tyne, 1892). This was followed by his "Notes on the geology and mineral resorces of Anatolia (Asia Minor)" in the Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society (1895).

Wilkinson worked for Consolidated Gold Fields of South Africa in London. However, around the beginning of the twentieth century he appears to have spent quite some time in southern Africa, as he was a member of the Chemical and Metallurgical Society of South Africa (from 1902 the Chemical, Metallurgical and Mining Society of South Africa) from 1897 to at least 1905, and a member of the South African Association for the Advancement of Science in 1906. During this period he published several papers on mining in southern Africa, both locally and overseas: "On gold mining in Rhodesia, British South Africa" (Journal of the Society of Arts, 1896); "The economic value of the Main Reef" [Witwatersrand] (Proceedings of the Chemical and Metallurgical Society of South Africa, October 1897); "Mining on the Black Reef" [Witwatersrand] (Transactions of the Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, 1898); "Rhodesia and its mines in 1898" (Journal of the Society of Arts, 1899); and "Rhodesia: Discovery of diamonds" (Engineering and Mining Journal, 1907).


List of sources:
Chemical and Metallurgical Society of South Africa. Proceedings, 1897-1899, Vol. 2.

Chemical, Metallurgical and Mining Society of South Africa. Journal, 1904/5, Vol. 5, Members.

Hall, A.L. A bibliography of South African geology to the end of 1920. Pretoria: Geological Survey, Memoir No. 18, 1922.

Royal Society of London. Catalogue of scientific papers [1800-1900]. London: Royal Society, 1867-1925.

South African Association for the Advancement of Science. Report, 1905/6, list of members.


Compiled by: C. Plug


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