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Goran Fredrik Goransson

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Goran Fredrik Goransson (c1819-1900)

1900 Obituary [1]

GORAN FREDRIK GORANSSON died at Sandviken, Sweden, on May 12, 1900, at the age of eighty-one. Without his aid the Bessemer process might perhaps never have been perfected.

In 1858, at Edsken, he increased the area of the tuyeres, and succeeded in shortening the process so as to produce sufficient heat in the converter to allow of the proper separation of the slag from the metal, and to convert pig-iron into good steel, which, having been exported to England, encouraged the capitalists who were supporting Sir Henry Bessemer.

Mr. Goransson was chairman of the board of directors and founder of the Sandvik Ironworks. His great services to metallurgy were recognised by numerous honours conferred upon him.

In 1865 he received the great gold medal of the Jernkontor. He was a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Wasa Order, and a Knight of the Royal Order of the Polar Star. He was a member of the Swedish Academy of Sciences, .d a few days before his death he was appointed Doctor of Philosophy honoris causa of Upsala University. At the Swedish meeting of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1898, Mr. Goransson, although very infirm, welcomed the members in an English speech to the Sandvik Works.

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