Some of his other achievements that are covered in the film are the formulation of the commercial detergent 'Softly', the proof that cross-infection in hospitals is not caused by wool fibres from hospital blankets, the development of a method for preventing the shrinkage and discoloration of woollen blankets during laundering, and the development of a method for making the woollen seat covers used in Jumbo jets non-flammable.
Tom is not an academic theorist but a scientist who solves the problems of industry. He says that "Science is simply commonsense, and if you tackle a problem systematically, you tackle it scientifically".
Tom's contribution to the textile industry was recognised by the World Textile Institute when he was awarded the outstanding Institute Medal. He has also been made a Member of the Order of Australia.
Produced in 1980.