Ernest Bader

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Ernest Bader (24 November 1890 – 5 February 1982)[1] and his wife, Dora Scott, founded a chemical company, Scott Bader,[2] [3]and gave it to the employees, under terms of Common ownership, forming the Scott Bader Commonwealth, in 1951.[4]

Scott Bader Ltd. was founded in 1921[5] in and moved to Wollaston, Northamptonshire in 1943. It is now international. It makes advanced resins and composite materials.

For a full history, see The Man Who Gave His Company Away: A Biography of Ernest Bader, Founder of the Scott Bader Commonwealth by Susanna Hoe (foreword E. F. Schumacher); London, William Heinemann (1978) ISBN 0-434-34023-5.

Originally of Swiss nationality, Ernest Bader had been a conscientious objector in his home country. He was a Quaker and a member of the Committee of 100 (United Kingdom).

He died in 1982, aged 91.[6]


  1. ^ ODNB article by John G. Corina, ‘Bader, Ernest (1890–1982)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 [1], accessed 26 Feb 2008.
  2. ^ A history of the company is available online (.pdf format) (accessed 24 February 2008).
  3. ^ Above link no longer working; as a near replacement see instead about Scott Bader (.pdf format) (accessed 19 February 2014).
  4. ^ The Times,
    • Monday, Nov 07, 1960; pg. 7; Issue 54922; col F "Family Firm's Success In Common Ownership"
    • Monday, Mar 25, 1963; pg. 7; Issue 55658; col B "Commonwealth Of Employees Shares For Trustees"
    • Monday, Jan 06, 1969; pg. 20; Issue 57451; col D "An experiment in industrial idealism" (Book review).
    • Tuesday, Jun 19, 1973; pg. 21; Issue 58812; col D " Worker control minus the political overtones" by Ross Davies.
  5. ^ Scott Bader Company website (accessed 24 February 2008).
  6. ^ The Times, Monday, 8 February 1982; pg. 10; Issue 61152; col F "Obituary"

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