Two academics from Monash's earliest years, foundation professor of fluid mechanics Ronald Barden and foundation professor
of physiology Archie McIntyre, passed away last month.
Professor Barden took up his position in the Faculty of Engineering in 1963 and oversaw the planning and construction of the
first laboratory spaces at the Clayton campus.
He was active in supporting the engineering profession through his significant involvement in professional engineering societies
and by instituting a scheme whereby students could meet practising engineers.
He resigned from Monash at the end of 1974 to become a founding partner in a firm of acoustic and noise consultants, leaving
behind a flourishing department which held him in high esteem both personally and professionally.
Professor McIntyre was appointed to the Department of Physiology in 1961 and is recognised by his peers as having been one
of the founders of modern neuroscience in Australia.
He assembled a number of first-rate physiologists in the department which, by the time he retired in 1978, had gained a
reputation as one of the best in Australia.
He was elected to the Australian Academy of Science in 1963 and throughout his career held many influential positions in the
Australian scientific community.
He retired to Launceston in 1978 and spent his time winemaking, with occasional scientific interludes back to the Physiology
department, which are recalled fondly by staff.