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From: "Becky Horne" <>
Subject: Newspaper cuttings from the Eastern Cape - SHUTTLEWORTH
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2004 23:10:22 +0200

Herald, 20 Jun 2003
Leather science pioneer dies, aged 92

Grahamstown - Astronaut Mark SHUTTLEWORTH's great-uncle, Dr. Stanley SHUTTLEWORTH, has died here at the age of 92. A world-renowned pioneer in leather chemistry, Stanley Gordon SHUTTLEWORTH was virtually the founder of Rhodes University's leather industry research institute, and was a Grahamstown city councillor during the 1970s, serving as Mayor in 1972 and 1973.

As a scientist, Dr. SHUTTLEWORTH produced 103 scientific publications and 11 books.

A Rotarian, he became involved in old-age homes in Grahamstown and, following his retirement, in Kenton-on-Sea.
He also founded the Bushmans-Kariega Trust conservation body.

Born in Johannesburg in 1911, Stanley SHUTTLEWORTH attained a BSc at Rhodes University, gaining a first in chemistry.
His MSc in 1935 earned a prize for the best dissertation in the country that year. Prof Roux van der MERWE notes that it was not on an abstruse problem in chemistry, but on the quality of sole leather from South African tanneries.

Starting in 1936, he formed what in 1942 became Liri. He received the first PhD conferred by Rhodes, in 1937. His second PhD was from Leeds University, followed by a DSc, also from Leeds, in 1967. When he retired in 1974, Liri had produced 20 MScs, 17 PhDs, and seven professors.

His wife, Betty, died in 1996. He is survived by his daughter Anne, son John, four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Best wishes

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