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Biographical entry Munro, Crawford Hugh (1904 - 1976)

23 March 1904
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
21 September 1976
Hunters Hill, New South Wales, Australia
Academic and Civil engineer


Crawford Munro was Professor of Civil Engineering at New South Wales University of Technology (later University of New South Wales) from 1954 to 1969. He planned the new faculty building, introduced new courses, encouraged further education for practising engineers and promoted the need for research alongside teaching. Munro's main area of research was hydrology. He helped establish the Water Research Foundation of Australia and served on State and National committees and as consultant on a variety of projects, particularly in retirement. His principal text was Australian water resources and their development (1974). Munro served on the Council of Institution of Engineers, Australia from 1962 to 1974. The Centre for Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New South Wales was named in his honour.



Education - BE, University of Sydney
1926 - 1936
Career position - Resident Engineer and Research Officer, Metropolitan Water, Sewerage and Drainage Board, Sydney
1936 - 1946
Career position - Lecturer-in-Charge, Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering, Sydney Technical College
1941 - 1945
Career event - Attached to the Commonwealth Department of Munitions as State Supervising Engineer
1946 - 1951
Career position - Head of Department of Civil Engineering and Assistant Director of Technical Education, Sydney Technical College
1951 - 1954
Career position - Associate Professor of engineering, New South Wales University of Technology
1954 - 1958
Career position - Professor of Civil Engineering, New South Wales University of Technology University of New South Wales from 1958
1958 - 1969
Career position - Professor of Civil Engineering, University of New South Wales
1962 - 1974
Career position - Member of Council, Institution of Engineers, Australia
Life event - Retired

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  • Humphreys, L. Ross, Crawford Munro: a Vision for Australia's Water , Engineers Media, Crown Nest (N.S.W.) , 2009, 174 pp. Details

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  • Horne, Julia, 'Munro, Crawford Hugh (1904-1976), Civil Engineer and University Professor', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 15, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2000, pp. 441-442. Also available at Details

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