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Biographical entry Herman, Hyman (1875 - 1962)

Born
16 August 1875
Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Died
7 June 1962
Occupation
Geologist and Engineer

Summary

Hyman Herman joined the Geological Survey of Victoria in 1895 and in 1900 was made Acting Director. He moved to Tasmania in 1904 to work at Mt. Bischoff Mine, the returned to Melbourne in 1907 where he started his own practice. In 1912 Herman returned to the Geological Survey of Victoria as Director, followed by 20 years as Engineer-in-charge Briquetting and Research, Victorian State Electricity Commission. He was a leading adviser to business and government on exploration and mining. He retired in 1940 but continued on as a Consulting Engineer.

Herman was educated at the University of Melbourne (DSc, MME, BCE) and Chairman of the State Advisory Committee on Brown Coal (Victoria 1917), on whose report the State Electricity Commission of Victoria was established; and of the Australasian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy.

Details

Events

1895 - 1904
Career position - Surveyor on the Geological Survey of Victoria
1904 - 1907
Career position - Assistant General Manager of Mt. Bischoff Mine in Tasmania
1907 - c. 1912
Career position - Private consulting practise in Melbourne
1912 - 1920
Career position - Director of the Geological Survey of Victoria
1917
Career position - Chairman of the Victorian State Advisory Committee on Brown Coal
1920 - 1940
Career position - Engineer-in-charge of Briquetting and Research at the Victorian State Electricity Commission
1936
Career position - Official representative at the 3rd World Power conference and Congress of International Commission on Large Dams in Washington, USA
1936
Career position - Official representative at the Commonwealth Government International Chemical Engineering Conference in London
1938
Award - Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Medal received
1940 -
Career position - Consulting Engineer to State Electricity Commission of Victoria
1940
Life event - Retired

Archival resources

State Electricity Commission of Victoria Archives

  • Hyman Herman - Records, 1907 - 1940; State Electricity Commission of Victoria Archives. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Spaull, Andrew, 'Herman, Hyman (1875-1962), Geologist and Engineer', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 9, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1983, pp. 270-272. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A090280b.htm. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.