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Biographical entry Clements, Hubert Ingham (1886 - 1969)

8 June 1886
Burwood, New South Wales, Australia
29 June 1969
Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia


Hubert Clements was an engineer who, by his mid-20s, had established an engineering company producing marine and land-based petrol engines and a motorcycle bearing his name. With the scarcity of car parts during WWI his workshop fabricated replacements, sometimes improving on the design of the originals. Shifting his attention to medical and anaesthesia apparatus, Clements designed and manufactured equipment including a portable suction machine which earned a reputation for its reliability. Other significant medical equipment designed by Clements includes breast pumps, centralised vacuum systems, and laboratory centrifuges used in blood banks throughout Australia. The Australian Society of Anaesthetists holds a collection of his apparatus.



Education - Diploma in mechanical drawing, Sydney School of Mechanical Drawing

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  • Holland, R., 'Hubert Ingram Clements: a pioneer of Australian anaesthesia', Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, 33 (Supp.) (2005), 4-6. Details


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