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Biographical entry Burstall, Aubrey Frederic (1902 - )

15 January 1902


Aubrey Burstall was Professor of Engineering at the University of Melbourne from 1937 to 1946. He developed mechanical respirators for the infantile paralysis epidemic of 1937-1938 and gas producers for motor vehicles. He was conferred a Doctor of Science (DSc) by the University at some stage. Before and after his post in Australia, Burstall worked in the UK where he was educated at the universities of Birmingham (MSc) and Cambridge (PhD).



1923 - 1925
Career position - Research Investigator with the Engineering Department at the University of Cambridge, UK
1928 - 1934
Career position - Research Engineer then Works Engineer, Assistant Engineer, Deputy Chief Engineer at Imperial Chemical Industries (Billingham Works), UK
1937 - 1946
Career position - Professor of Engineering at the University of Melbourne
1941 - 1944
Career position - Member of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria
1946 -
Career position - Professor of Mechanical and Marine Engineering at King's College in Newcastle-on-Tyne, UK

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Trubuhovich, Ronald V., 'Notable Australian contributions to the management of ventilatory failure of acute poliomyelitis: with special reference to the Both respirator and Dr John A Forbes', Critical care and resuscitation, 8 (4) (2006), 383-93. Details


See also

  • Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Technology in Australia 1788-1988, Online edn, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 3 May 2000, Details
  • Wisdom, John, A History of Defence Science in Australia (Melbourne: Defence Science and Technology Organisation, 1995), 267 pp. Details

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