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Whitfeld, Hubert Edwin (1875 - 1939)

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Mining engineer
Born: 14 March 1875  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.  Died: 31 July 1939  Perth, Western Australia, australia.
Hubert Edwin Whitfeld was foundation professor of mining and engineering at the University of Western Australia 1913-27 and the first vice-chancellor from 1927 until his death. The university moved to its site at Crawley under his direction in the early 1930s and he contributed much to the layout and landscaping of the campus. He is commemorated by a memorial bust (by John Dowie) which stands in Whitfeld Court at the University.

Career Highlights

1897Bachelor of Arts (BA) completed at the University of Sydney
1898 - 1899Teacher in ? New South Wales
1902Bachelor of Engineering (BE) completed at the University of Sydney
1902 - 1912Metallurgist and Mine Manager in the Murchison district of Western Australia
1913 - 1915Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Australia
1913 - 1926Foundation Professor of Mining and Engineering at the University of Western Australia
1916 - 1919Inspector of munitions in the USA and Technical Adviser in the Explosives Supply Department of the British Ministry of Munitions
1925 - 1927Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Australia
1927 - Vice-Chancellor (first permanent) of the University of Western Australia
1933Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)


Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: Rosanne Walker
Created: 30 June 1997
Modified: 8 August 2006

Published by The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007
Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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