Alan Burn

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Alan Burn

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Born in Hobart in 1889, Alan Burn graduated in Engineering from the University of Tasmania, and worked for the Victorian State Rivers and Water Commission before winning a fellowship to study in Switzerland. After working in England in Aeronautical Inspection Department from 1916 - 1918, he returned to Tasmania where he was a Professor of Engineering from 1919-1956. His research topics included aerofoil theory, vortex wind tunnels, hydraulics, stress, and centrifugal and axial pumps.
One of the University’s best-known personalities, Burn was a clear thinker and first- rate lecturer who set high standards and encouraged his students, many of whom went on to eminent positions in engineering practice. He wasa Vice-Chancellor of UTAS 23.02.1945 – 25.08.1949. More information


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