Franklin White (Biographical details)

Franklin White (scientist/engineer; South African; British; Male; 1850 - 1928)

Also known as

White, Franklin


Born in England, worked as a mining engineer in Columbia before emigrating to South Africa in 1889 to assume the management of a number of gold mines in the then South African Republic. A member of the Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, he published papers on aspects of gold mining and travelled in South Africa and Australia before settling in Zimbabwe. He was the first person to report the presence there of prehistoric stone artefacts (at Khami) and the first to excavate a Stone Age site in Zimbabwe (White 1905). He subsequently also worked at the early homind site of Broken Hill Cave in Zambia, from which he collected faunal remains (J.D.Clark.pers.comm).