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Nicholas, George Richard Rich (1884 - 1960)

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Born: 19 May 1884  Majorca, Victoria, Australia.  Died: 20 September 1960  Fitzroy, Victoria.
George Richard R. Nicholas made the first Australian acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin), which was registered in 1917 as "Aspro". He qualified as a pharmacist in July 1912 and after synthesising aspirin formed Shmith, Nicholas & Co., in 1915 with Henry Woolf Shmith, to commercialise the product. The name "Aspro" was adopted and registered in April 1917 and George's brother, Alfred, joined the company as business manager. The company was initially unsuccessful and Shmith pulled out, but throughout the 1920s it extended its operations into New Zealand (1923), England (1924), Europe (1925) and Asia (1927). George was managing director of the company 1937-47. During this time the company diversified into production of vitamin supplements, veterinary goods and pharmaceuticals.

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1912Qualified as a pharmacist in July
1915Formed Shmith, Nicholas & Co
1917The name "Aspro" adopted and registered in April
1923Company expanded to New Zealand
1924Company expanded to England
1925Company expanded to Europe
1927Company expanded to Asia
1937 - 1947Managing Director of the company

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