Browse Entries

Use Trove to find more resources by/about this Biographical entry

  • Trove

Biographical entry McKern, Howard Hamlet Gordon (1917 - 2009)

23 March 1917
Mosman, New South Wales, Australia
8 June 2009
Chemist and Museum administrator


Howard McKern was an analytical and organic chemist, Meggitt Limited, Parramatta (1936-1945). In charge of Chemistry Department, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney (1945-1960), directing the museum's research into the chemistry of essential oils and publishing over 40 papers. He was Deputy Director of the Museum from 1960-1977.

Archival resources

Powerhouse Museum

  • McKern, Howard Hamlet Gordon, c. 1943 - 1996, MRS 329, MRS 225; Powerhouse Museum. Details

Published resources


  • McKern, Howard, William Mogford Hamlet 1850-1931 (Sydney: Howard Hamlet Gordon McKern, 1995), 75 pp. Details

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Lassak, Erich, 'Howard Hamlet Gordon McKern', Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, 142 (3/4) (2009), 53-4. Details
  • McKern, H. H. G., 'The Chemists of Australia: Arthur de Ramon Penfold, 1890-1980', Chemistry in Australia, 48 (1981), 327-330. Details
  • McKern, Howard, 'Research at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences', Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 79 (3 & 4) (1993), 243-248. Details

Newspaper Articles


Ailie Smith