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Biographical entry Hawken, Roger William Hercules (1878 - 1947)

Born
12 May 1878
Darlington, New South Wales, Australia
Died
18 October 1947
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Occupation
Civil engineer

Summary

Roger Hawken served as a civil engineer in New South Wales, Malay and Queensland. Throughout his career, he also lectured at the Ballarat School of Mines, the University of Sydney and the University of Queensland. Hawken was co-founder of the Institution of Engineers, Australia (1919), its inaugural President and instigator of the compulsory registration of consulting engineers. He worked on the initial design of the Sydney harbour bridge (which was later aborted) and researched widely in the areas of hydrology, earth pressure, and column design.

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Events

c. 1900
Career position - Engineer at Tamworth-Manilla railway, New South Wales
1900
Education - Bachelor of Civil Engineering (BCE) completed at the University of Sydney
1901 - 1903
Career position - Engineer on the Sydney Harbour Bridge project
1902
Education - Bachelor of Arts (BA) completed at the University of Sydney
1905 - 1909
Career position - Director of Public Works for the Federated Malay States
1909 - c. 1911
Career position - Engineer for the Shire of Ashford (NSW) then Yelleroi (Qld)
1912 -
Career position - Inaugural Lecturer in Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland
1916 - 1919
Career position - de facto Professor of Engineering at the University of Queensland
1918
Education - Master of Civil Engineering (MCE) completed at University of Sydney
1919 -
Career position - de jure Professor of Engineering at the University of Queensland
1919
Career position - President of the Institution of Engineers, Australia
1919
Career position - Co-founder of the Institution of Engineers, Australia
1923 -
Career position - Councillor of the Institution of Engineers, Australia
1931
Award - Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal received from the Institution of Engineers, Australia

Published resources

Books

  • Gregory, Helen, Vivant Professores: Distinguished Members of the University of Queensland, 1910-1940, University of Queensland Library, St Lucia, 1987, 180 pp. Details

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • 'Obituary: Professor R. W. H. Hawken', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 10, no. 4, 1948, p. 107. Details

Online Resources

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