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Biographical entry Whitfeld, Hubert Edwin (1875 - 1939)

CBE

Born
14 March 1875
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died
31 July 1939
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Occupation
Mining engineer

Summary

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.

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

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Alexander, Fred, 'Whitfield, Hubert Edwin (1875-1939), University Vice-Chancellor, [Classicist, Engineer, Metalurgist and Mine Manager]', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 12, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1990, p. 475. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A120532b.htm. Details

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