William Wittrick taught aeronautical engineering at University of Sydney 1945-1964, being Lawrence Hargrave Professor of Aeronautical Engineering 1956-1964. He received the first PhD awarded by the University in 1950.
Born Huddersfield, Yorkshire, 29 October 1922. Died Birmingham, 2 July 1986. Educated Universities of Cambridge (BA 1943, MA 1947, ScD 1969) and Sydney (PhD 1950). Stress Office, Hawker Aircraft Co. Ltd 1942; Temporary demonstrator, Engineering Laboratory, Cambridge 1942-44; Scientific Officer, Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough 1944-45; senior lecturer, Department of Aeronautics, University of Sydney 1945-54, reader 1954-56, Lawrence Hargrave Professor of Aeronautical Engineering 1956-64, Dean, Faculty of Engineering 1962-63; Professor of Structural Engineering, University of Birmingham 1964-69; Beale Professor of Civil Engineering University of Birmingham 1969-82 and Head, Department of Engineering 1969-80; Emeritus Professor from 1982. Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1958; Orville Wright Prize, Royal Aeronautical Society 1960; Lawrence Hargrave Medal, Australian Division, Royal Aeronautical Society 1961; George Taylor (of Australia) Prize, Royal Aeronautical Society 1972; Fellow, Royal Society 1980. President, Australian Division, Royal Aeronautical Society 1961-62; chairman, Australian Aeronautical Research Committee 1961-64.
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