Fernley H. Banbury

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Fernley Hope Banbury
Fernley Hope Banbury.jpg
Born 22 December 1881
Cornwall, United Kingdom
Died 26 May 1963
Torquay, England
Alma mater Purdue University
Known for Banbury mixer
Scientific career
Fields Polymer engineering
Institutions Farrel Corporation

Fernley Hope Banbury (22 December 1881 – 26 May 1963) was an English scientist and engineer.[1] He invented the Banbury mixer, which is used to mix or blend a wide range of materials used in different industries including the food, chemical, pharmaceutical, plastic, rubber and mineral industries.[2][3]


He was born in England on 22 December 1881 in Cornwall, England.[4] In 1904, he migrated to the United States, and earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 1906[5], with a thesis titled "Test of New Lighting Plant". His yearbook records this about him: "if genuine English perserverance coupled with absolute honesty can achieve success, Fernly has a bright future." He received the Charles Goodyear Medal in 1959, one of only two electrical engineers ever to do so (the other being Adolf Schallamach). He was an executive at the Farrel Corporation of Ansonia, Connecticut. He died on 26 May 1963 in Torquay, England.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Fernley H. Banbury, Mixer Inventor, 81". Associated Press in the New York Times. May 28, 1963. Retrieved 2014-01-06. Fernley H. Banbury, an inventor and a retired executive of the Farrel Corporation of Ansonia, died Sunday in Torquay, England. He was 81 years old 
  2. ^ David Herbert Killefer (1962). Banbury the Master Mixer; A Biography of Fernley H. Banbury. Palmerton. 
  3. ^ White, James L. (1995). Rubber Processing: Technology, Materials, and Principles. p. 586. ISBN 9781569901656. 
  4. ^ He wrote "Saint Germain, England" for his US WWII draft registration.
  5. ^ Purdue Debris. Lafayette, Ind.: Senior Class of Purdue University. 1906. Retrieved 20 September 2017.