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Biographical entry Blackwood, Robert Rutherford (1906 - 1982)

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Born
3 June 1906
South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Died
21 August 1982
Brighton, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Civil engineer and Industrialist

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Sir Robert Blackwood was Chancellor of Monash University 1961-1968 and Chairman of Dunlop Australia Ltd 1972-1979. He was President of the Royal Society of Victoria 1973-1974.

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Robert Blackwood's research into the strength of electric arc welding between 1928 and 1932, that gained him a Master of Civil Engineering, contributed significantly to the adoption of electric arc welding, and to the development of the first Australian Standards for Welding in Steel Frames Buildings.
He was Research engineer, 1933-36, Technical Manager, 1937-46, and General Manager 1948-66, Dunlop Rubber Aust. Ltd, Melbourne. Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Melbourne 1947-48. Chairman, Interim CI 1958-61. Chancellor of Monash University 1961-68. Trustee, National Museum Victoria 1964-78. Chairman, Dunlop Australia Ltd 1972-79. President, Royal Society of Victoria 1973-74. Knighted 1961. Wrote Monash University: the First Ten Years, 1968.

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1927
Education - Completed Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (BEE), University of Melbourne
1928
Award - John Melvin Memorial Research Scholarship, University of Melbourne
1928 - 1932
Career position - Testing Officer, Engineering School, University of Melbourne
1929
Education - Completed Bachelor of Civil Engineering (BCE), University of Melbourne
1930
Award - Stawell Research Scholarship in Civil Engineering, University of Melbourne
1930 - 1933
Career position - Lecturer in Agricultural Engineering, University of Melbourne
1932
Education - Master of Civil Engineering (MCE), University of Melbourne
June 1961
Award - Knight Bachelor (KtB), In recognition of service to the Melbourne University.
1975 - 1982
Award - Foundation, Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences

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