Collection UT35 - Alan Burn Papers

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Alan Burn Papers


  • 1906-1936 (Creation)

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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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Deposited by his widow Mrs Olive Burn in 1970

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Collection consists of papers, lectures and reports produced by Professor Alan Burn when he was Professor of Engineering at UTAS 1919-1955

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Available for reference.

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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see also UT467

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