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Biographical entry Joubert, Peter Numa (1924 - 2015)


27 August 1924
Manly, New South Wales, Australia
13 July 2015
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Peter Joubert was an engineer who made substantial contributions in the field of fluid mechanics. He was Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Melbourne from 1972 to 1989. Much of his research was into the forces playing on the hulls of yachts and submarines. Joubert was an expert in road safety, participating in a number of committees on vehicle design and truck safety, and he played a key role in legislating for the compulsory use of seat belts in Australia. He was an enthusiastic ocean yacht racer and successful yacht designer.



1943 - 1945
Career position - Served with the Royal Australian Air Force
Education - ME, University of Sydney
1952 - 1953
Career position - Research Officer, CSIRO Division of Radio Physics
1953 - ?
Career position - Lecturer in Engineering, University of Melbourne
Award - Fulbright Scholarship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
1972 - 1989
Career position - Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Melbourne
1989 -
Career position - Emeritus Professor, University of Melbourne
Life event - Retired
Award - Medal of the Order of Australia (AOM) for service to road and offshore yachting safety
Award - Centenary Medal for service to Australian society in mechanical engineering
Award - A. G. M. Michell Medal, Institution of Engineers, Australia
Award - Member of the order of Australia (AM) for service to engineering through research in the field of fluid dymanics, particularly in relation to submarine design and education
2010 - 2015
Award - Inaugural Fellow, Australian Fluid Mechanics Society

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  • Campbell, Peter, 'Peter Joubert AM', Australian Naval Architect, 19 (3) (2015), 53-4. Details
  • Joubert, Peter N., 'Seat belts and road safety: a memoire of the late Em. Prof. Peter Numa Joubert AM', Road & Transport Research, 25 (3) (2016), 67-74. Details


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