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Bill Melbourne

1976–1998

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Aeroplanes had always fascinated Bill Melbourne. He successfully received his pilot’s license when he was 17 before studying engineering at the University of Adelaide. From there he went to the University of Sydney to specialise in aeronautical engineering. After briefly working at the Weapons Research Establishment, he went overseas to the Imperial College in London where he graduated with a PhD. Returning to Australia, he worked as an aeronautical engineer at the Aeronautical Research Laboratories in Fisherman’s Bend.

Melbourne joined what was then the Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1967 as a Senior Lecturer in fluid mechanics. His areas of interest included aeronautical engineering and wind engineering and he was responsible for the instigation of the first wind tunnel testing facilities. Bill Melbourne became Head of the Department in 1976 and remained so, pretty much consistently for the next 25 years. He retired from Monash University in 1999 and was created Emeritus Professor. He continues to work for MEL Consultants – a company he founded and directs.