The Pass Family and the Smelting Industry in Bristol

The Pass Family was a very successful family firm operating in Bristol until after World War II when it was taken over by RTZ. They were in the smelting business, mainly recovering metals from previous working. They were not technological innovators; but Professor Vincent’s history demonstrates the technical developments of the industry interacting with the dynamics and financial constraints of a family firm.

About the author

Brian Vincent, Ph.D, DSc, FRSC was formerly the Leverhulme Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Bristol and is currently an emeritus professor and a senior research fellow in that department. He has published more than 300 original scientific research papers, review articles and books. He has also written and lectured on the history of science, medicine and technology in the Bristol Region, including the following ALHA titles: Chemistry in Bristol into the early 20th Century, The Herapaths of Bristol – a Medical and Scientific Dynasty: The Butlers & the Coal-Tar Distillery at Crew’s Hole.

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