Ludwig Mond was a polymath who was born in Cassel in 1839 and died in London in 1909.
By applying creative skills in chemistry, engineering and economics he started several major companies. In Canada there was the Mond Nickel Company. In Britain they included two of the four large enterprises that soon after his death came together to form the giant, ICI.
But Ludwig Mond was a social as much as a technical pioneer. Amongst the first to offer paid holidays and welfare benefits, he was way ahead of his time in regarding human capital as the most important resource. He went out of his way to encourage young people and to promote contact across the boundaries of discipline, sector and nation. He was passionately concerned about the environment. All these strands, and others, came together in his work, with other like- minded people, to establish SCI, founded as The Society of Chemical Industry in 1881.
The Sir Robert Mond Memorial Trust spearheads action on depression, among other activities.