Alfred Gordon Salamon was the son of the renowned chemist Nahum Salamon, and followed in his father’s footsteps. Educated at the Royal School of Mines, then in Jermyn Street, he acquired the new patent for Sacharine, the sugar substitute, along with his father and founded the National Saccharine Corporation.
His main area of research and practise were however in the field of brewing, which would see him ultimately elected as President of the Institute of Brewing. He was a much sought after consultant in the field, working with many of the major brewers. He was a particular proponent of the brewing of light beers, not wholly supported at the time, but with the benefit of hindsight, ahead of his time. He was often called upon for his expertise, both in arbitration cases and for commissions including “the Commission to Enquire in the Cause of Beer Poisoning in Manchester”.
He was a Fellow if the Institute of Chemistry, later serving as both Vice-President and Treasurer.
He spoke a number of European languages, in particular French, which enabled him to promote his business interests across the Channel and resulted in him being made a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur. His Italian allowed him to be a significant part of the Anglo-Scicilian Sulphur Company.