Increasing Momentum

Increasing Momentum : A History of the Faculty of Engineering

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"The well-being of the community depends not only on the maintenance, but on the advance of engineering knowledge" - Sir John Latham, 1938, 'Useless and undesirable.' - so said Engineer-in-Chief of the Railways, Thomas Higinbotham, in 1861, on hearing Melbourne University had established Australia's first engineering course. How wrong he was? At the height of the industrial age and under the leadership of Professor W.C. Kernot, the degree course rapidly grew to embrace an entire Faculty to feed the demands of a developing nation hungry for engineers and their expertise. "Increasing Momentum" traces the history of the Faculty from its origins, through WWII to the present day and explores the development of courses as varied and as far-reaching as metallurgy and software. The book turns a contemporary eye on graduates and their remarkable achievements in the outer world, observing instances of those who have returned to teach the next generation to continue the Faculty's legacy of innovation and research. The book plays an important role in excavating the faculty's past and determining the crucial role, the Faculty has played in the history and development of engineering in more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 203 x 270mm
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • 0522851355
  • 9780522851359

Table of contents

1. 1855-1878: 'The ascendancy of mind over matter; 2. 1879-1901: 'Friend and Counsellor to his Students; 3. 1901-1909: 'The Relation of Maths to Engineering'. 4. 1910-1919: 'Before long you will be judged by your works, and so will the university'show more

About Carolyn Rasmussen

Dr Carolyn Rasmussen is an Honorary Fellow in the History Department of the University of Melbourne. She has published in a wide range of areas including Victorian institutional history, biography, education history, biography and early colonial New South Wales. Her previous publications touching on this and the history of Melbourne University more generally include Poor Man's University: 75 Years of Technical Education in Footscray 1916-1986, Vital Connections: Melbourne and its Board of Works 1891-1991 (with Tony Dingle), A Place Apart: The University of Melbourne: Decades of Challenge (with John Poynter). Her most recent book, A Museum for the People: A History of Museum Victoria and its Predecessors 1954-2000 was judged Best Print Publication in the 2002 Victorian Community History more