While Sir John Winthrop Hackett probably spent his final years watching benevolently over the University he funded, his wife was otherwise occupied.
Australian Household Guide, edited by Lady Deborah Hackett, was published in 1916, the year of Sir John's death. UWA has two copies in the Scholars' Centre, rediscovered recently as centenary activities and publications are researched and organised. (One is dedicated to Edith Cowan.)
When the Beaconsfield miners were trapped underground by a rockburst in 2006, Yves Potvin and his team were already working on a safety system that would help protect workers from just that phenomenon.
Winthrop Professor Potvin is the Director of the UWA -based Australian Centre for Geomechanics, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this month.
"In science, you don't expect to find cures, you just hope."
As Winthrop Professor Bruce Robinson looks back on more than
20 years of research into asbestos-related diseases and forward to more
developments in detection and treatment, he says he had no expectations when he
first began the journey.