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Vale Howard Harrison 1930-2005


14 November 2005

The Department is saddened to announce that former Associate Professor Howard B Harrison passed away on 14 November 2005.

Howard Harrison was a graduate of Sydney University, receiving the BSc in 1951, the BE in 1953, the MEngSc in 1957 and the PhD in 1965. After graduation, he joined the staff of the Building and Surveyors Department of the City Council of Sydney but left in 1954 to join the School of Civil Engineering where is an Associate Professor. His teaching and research interests were in the area of structural theory and analysis and the application of computer methods. In 1964-5 he was awarded a Fullbright Grant and spent a year as a Visiting Professor at Lehigh University. In 1972 he joined the staff of Manchester University and taught in the Simon Engineering Lab. He received two awards of the Institution of Engineers Australia for outstanding publications: the RW Chapman Medal was awarded in 1960 and the Institution Award in 1967.

His PhD was entitled "The Application Of The Principles Of Plastic Analysis Of Three Dimensional Steel Structures" and he was instrumental in the development of computerised structural analysis programs - writing several ground breaking books including "Computer Methods In Structural Analysis", "Structural Analysis And Design: Some Minicomputer Applications" and "Structural Analysis And Design: Some Microcomputer Applications".

A key legacy of Howard is the CA Hawkins Computer Laboratory. He was primarily responsible for the establishment of this important resource within the Department and he supervised and managed our PRIME computers in that lab. Several generations of civil engineers have been taught in the Hawkins Lab on various types of computers - representing the changing IT technology we have experienced.