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Biographical entry Benkendorff, Gerard Werner (1913 - 1975)

24 April 1913
Berlin-Friedenau, Germany
18 June 1975
Doncaster, Victoria, Australia
Chemical engineer and Science educator


Gerard Benkendorff was head of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He was one of the pioneers in the development of degree courses in the Victoria Institute of Colleges system.



1932 - 1938
Education - Attended universities taking such subjects as bacteriology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, metallurgy, mineralogy and pharmaceutical chemistry, in Würzburg, Göttigen and Frankfurt, Germany
February 1932
Education - Leaving certificate and matriculation completed at the Trietschke High School in Berlin-Wilmersdorf, Germany
Education - Diploma Chemistry Degree with thesis 'Preparation of anhydrous praseodymium' completed at the University of Frankfurt, Germany
14 March 1939
Life event - Married Jutta Metschke at Berlin-Zehlendorff in Germany
Education - Granted a Doctor of Natural Science (PhD) for thesis concerning fillers in plastics from the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physical Chemistry and Electro-Chemistry at Berlin-Dahlem, Germany
1941 - 1943
Career position - Worked in research and pilot plant design at Ruhrchemie AG in Oberhausen-Holten, Germany
1944 - 1945
Worked in development, production and administration at Dynamit AG in Kaufbeuren, Germany
1951 - 1952
Family decided to migrate to Australia, arriving in Sydney on the 'Strathnaver' in early February 1952

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