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Biographical entry van der Molen, Jan (Dick) (1924 - 2015)

Born
1924
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died
2015
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Engineer

Summary

Dick van der Molen was a structural engineer who in nearly 40 years in private practice was involved in a wide variety of projects including power stations, wharfs, grain silos and the Westgate Bridge in Melbourne. He was a pioneer in Victoria in the application of computer technology to the design of concrete structures. Van der Molen designed and supervised the construction of the underground car park, University of Melbourne, a building recognised for the excellence of its design by the Concrete Institute of Australia. He was also involved in the restoration of heritage concrete structures. In retirement in Tasmania, he became immersed in engineering history, particularly the heritage recognition of the Ross Bridge.

Details

Events

1946 - 1950
Career position - Joined the Dutch Army Corps of Engineers
1950
Life event - Migrated to Australia
1982
Education - MEngSc, University of Melbourne
1988 - 1999
Career position - Lecturer, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Melbourne
2000
Life event - Retired
2006
Education - PhD, University of Newcastle

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Cole, Bruce, 'Vale Jan (Dick) van der Molen, 1924 - 2015, PhD, MEngSc, FIEAust, MASCE, Peng', Engineering Heritage Australia Magazine, vol. 2, no. 2, 2016, pp. 20-1. Details

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