Australia's engineering heroes: William Henry Warren
Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering
William Henry Warren was the Challis Professor of Engineering at the University of Sydney and an acknowledged early leader of the engineering profession. In his address as the first president of the then newly established Institution of Engineers, Australia, on 20 October 1919, he declared that the time was right to establish an Institution 'devoted to the interests of engineering in Australia, [one that would] enable all members to speak with one voice in regard to all matters affecting the welfare and dignity of the engineering profession in Australia.' For Professor Warren, the profession of the engineer was 'the profession of progress ... primarily concerned with the arts of peace and the development of civilisation for the benefit of humanity'.