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Biographical entry Brown, Robert Hallowes (1930 - )

15 July 1930
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Mechanical engineer


Robert Hallowes Brown is a renowned mechanical engineer. Between 1980 and 1990 Brown was Foundation Chief of the CSIRO's Division of Manufacturing Technology and in this role he commissioned and oversaw the development of many pioneering technologies that became highly successful products. He played key roles in research initiatives at national and international levels, including the Technology Transfer Council and Intelligent Manufacturing Systems.



Education - Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Melbourne
1955 - 1956
Career position - Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Melbourne
1956 - 1957
Career position - Research Assistant at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, United States of America
1958 - 1964
Career position - Lecturer (later Senior Lecturer), Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Melbourne
1965 - 1968
Career position - Senior Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Monash University
1968 - 1969
Career position - Visiting Associate Professor at Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh
Career event - Published The Machining of Metals, co-authored with E. J. A. Armarego
1969 - 1976
Career position - Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Monash University
1976 - 1980
Career position - Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Head of Department, University of Western Australia
1980 - 1990
Career position - Foundation Chief of the CSIRO's The Division of Manufacturing Technology
Award - Doctor of Engineering degree (D Eng) from Monash University
Career position - Director, Victorian Advanced Manufacturing Technology Centre
1984 - 1990
Career position - Member, Metal Fabrication Industry Council, Commonwealth Government
1986 -
Award - Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
1986 -
Award - Fellow, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, U.S.A.
Award - James N. Kirby Medal, Institution of Production Engineers
1987 - 1989
Career position - Member of Council, La Trobe University
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of service to manufacturing engineering
1990 - 1993
Career position - Appointed to the Physical Sciences Panel of the Cooperative Research Centres committee
Award - Alan Burn Memorial Lecturer, Institution of Engineers, Tasmania
1993 - 1994
Career position - Foundation Executive Director CRC for Intelligent Manufacturing Systems and Technologies
1994 - 2004
Career position - Chief Executive Officer of Australian delegation of an international group researching Intelligent Manufacturing Systems
Award - A. G. M. Michell Medal, Institution of Engineers, Australia
Award - Kernot Memorial Medal, University of Melbourne
1996 -
Award - Honorary Fellow, Institution of Engineers, Australia
Award - Emeritus Fellow, International Academy of Production Engineers
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society in production engineering

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