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Biographical entry Kernot, William Charles (1845 - 1909)

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Born
16 June 1845
Rochford, Essex, England
Died
14 March 1909
Parkville, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Engineer

Summary

William Charles Kernot arrived in Australia in 1851. He studied at the University of Melbourne and worked in the Victorian Department of Mines and Water Supply Office. He was Lecturer in Engineering, University of Melbourne 1868-82 and Professor 1883-1909. President of the Royal Society of Victoria 1885-1900.

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Educated University of Melbourne (BA 1865, MA 1866, Certificate of Engineering, MCE). Worked in various government departments and as a part-time lecturer in Engineering 1866-75, expanded his University teaching and engaged in consulting work from 1875. Australia's first Professor of Engineering, University of Melbourne 1883-1909. President, Victorian Institution of Engineers, The Victorian Institute of Surveyors and The Royal Society of Victoria 1885-1900. Commemorated by the Kernot Medal for distinguished engineering achievement in Australia.

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • William Charles Kernot - Records, 1893 - 1909, MS 041; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • William Charles Kernot - Records, 1893 - 1963, MS 2276; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • William Charles Kernot - Records, 1877 - 1908; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

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Journal Articles

  • 'Testing machines and testing (Lecture)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. IX, 1909, pp. 177-182. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24428. Details
  • Corbett, A. H., 'Kernot. The Man among his Students', University of Melbourne Gazette, vol. 8, 1962, pp. 2-5. Details
  • Flesch, Juliet and McPhee, Peter, '150 Years, 150 Stories: William Charles Kernot', Uni News, vol. 11, no. 25, 2002, p. 4. Details
  • Kernot, W.C., 'Some Notes on the Storage of Electricity and Faure's Form of Plante's Secondary Battery', Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, vol. 18, Wilson & Mackinnon, Melbourne, 1882, p. 47. Details
  • Kernot, William Charles, 'The height and strength of handrails or parapets of bridges and similar structures (Paper & Discussion)', Various Papers and Discussions of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. II 1892-1899, 1900. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24252. Details
  • Kernot, William Charles, 'Notes on the weight of crowds', Various Papers and Discussions of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. II 1892-1899, 1900. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24233. Details
  • Kernot, William Charles, 'Presidential Address 1899', Various Papers and Discussions of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. II 1892-1899, 1900. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24263. Details
  • Kernot, William Charles, 'The Monier-system of construction (Paper & Discussion)', Various Papers and Discussions of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. II 1892-1899, 1900. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24270. Details
  • Kernot, William Charles, 'Presidential Address 1898', Various Papers and Discussions of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. II 1892-1899, 1900. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24255. Details
  • Kernot, William Charles, 'A disputed point as to strength of beams', Various Papers and Discussions of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. II 1892-1899, 1900. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24235. Details
  • Kernot, William Charles, 'Extensometer', Various Papers and Discussions of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. II 1892-1899, 1900. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24258. Details
  • Kernot, William Charles, 'The stresses on skew arches (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. III, 1903, pp. 52-57. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24283. Details
  • Kernot, William Charles, 'Proposed improvement in centrifugal gravity governors (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. III, 1903, pp. 70-73. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24277. Details
  • Kernot, William Charles, 'Introductory notes on the motor car (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. V, 1905, pp. 47-56, 65-66, 81-89. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24319. Details
  • Kernot, William Charles, 'The maintenance of iron bridges, with special reference to the present state of the Brooklyn Bridge (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. IV, 1905, pp. 90-100. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24297. Details
  • Kernot, William Charles, 'Economy in framed structures (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. VI, 1906, pp. 160-170, 172-175. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24353. Details
  • Kernot, William Charles, 'Railway gauge (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. VII, 1907, pp. 70-81, 82-93, 134-136. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24373. Details
  • Kernot, William Charles, 'Economy in framed structures (Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. VII, 1907, pp. 9-11. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24363. Details
  • Kernot, William Charles, 'The Quebec bridge disaster (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. VIII, 1908, pp. 108-113, 122, 131-132. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24396. Details
  • Kernot, William Charles, 'Engineering education (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. VIII, 1908, pp. 8-22. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24384. Details
  • Kernot, William Charles, 'The relation of mathematics to Engineers (Presidential Address)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. IX, 1909, pp. 10-20. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24407. Details
  • Kernot, William Charles, 'The Quebec bridge disaster (Paper & Discussion)', Proceedings of the Victorian Institute of Engineers vol. IX, 1909, pp. 114-119, 127-130, 148. Also available at http://hdl.handle.net/11343/24418. Details

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See also

  • Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Technology in Australia 1788-1988, Online edn, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 3 May 2000, http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/tia/index_k.html. Details
  • Science and the making of Victoria, with Royal Society of Victoria, 2001, http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/smv/index_k.html. Details
  • Flesch, Juliet and McPhee, Peter, 150 years, 150 stories: brief biographies of one hundred and fifty remarkable people associated with the University of Melbourne, Department of History, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, 2003, 168 pp. Details
  • Wisdom, John, A History of Defence Science in Australia, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Melbourne, 1995, 267 pp. Details

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