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Biographical entry Michell, Anthony George Maldon (George) (1870 - 1959)


21 June 1870
Islington, England
17 February 1959
Camberwell, Victoria, Australia
Engineer and Inventor


George Michell was a consulting engineer based in Melbourne. He invented the Michell Thrust Bearing, a tilting-pad device which made possible much of the modern development of steam and water turbines and of propeller drives for large fast ships.



Award - Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), England
Award - Kernot Memorial Medal, for distinguished engineering achievement in Australia. Faculty of Engineering, University of Melbourne
Award - James Watt International Gold Medal, Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Life event - Buried, Boroondara Cemetery, Victoria


Related Awards

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Anthony George Maldon Michell - Records, 1959 - 1964, MS 044; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Michell, J. H. and Michell, A. G. M., Collected mathematical works of J. H. and A. G. M. Michell: edited by F. W. Niedenfuhr and J. R. M.Radok, P. Noordhoff, Groningen, Netherlands, 1964, 338 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Walker, Sydney, 'Michell, Anthony George Mauldon (1870-1959), Engineer and Inventor', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 10, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1986, pp. 492-494. Details

Conference Papers

Journal Articles

  • Michell, A. G. M., 'John Henry Michell 1863 - 1941', Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society, vol. 3, no. 9, 1941. Details


See also

  • Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, Technology in Australia 1788-1988, Online edn, Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, Melbourne, 3 May 2000, Details
  • Allen, John R., A.G.M. Michell Award 1988: Aspects of Mechanical Engineering and the Sugar Industry, College of Mechanical Engineers, Institution of Engineers, Australia, Barton, ACT, 1988, 9 pp. Details
  • Engineers Australia, Wonders never cease: 100 Australian engineering achievements, Institution of Engineers, Australia, Barton, A.C.T., 2019, 236 pp. pp.30,198-199. Details

McCarthy, G.J.