Biographical entry Nangle, James (1868 - 1941)
OBE; FRAS; FRAIA
- 28 December 1868
- 22 February 1941
- Amateur astronomer, Architect and Educationist
James Nangle was an architect, a renowned educator and accomplished amateur astronomer.
He was heavily involved in restructuring architectural education in New South Wales and also published in journals about the structural properties of Australian stones and timbers. He was an early supporter of concrete and steel as building materials.
Nangle's personal interest in astronomy led him to design and build an observatory for his own use at home in Marrickville.
He was appointed to a committee gathered to reorganise the observational work of the Sydney Observatory (1912) and assisted in redesigning the Observatory buildings in the 1920s.
In 1926 Nangle was elected honorary Government Astronomer.
- Education - Attended University of Sydney and Sydney Technical College
- 1890 - 1897
- Career position - Instructed in mechanical drawing at the technical education branch of the Department of Public Instruction
- Career event - Commenced practicing as an architect
- Career event - Associate of the Institute of Architects of New South Wales
- Career event - Member of the Royal Society of New South Wales
- 1898 - c. 1905
- Career position - Instructed in mechanical drawing at Sydney Technical College
- Career event - Published Australian Building Practice
- Career event - Member of the British Astronomical Association
- 1905 - 1911?
- Career position - Lecturer-in-charge of the Department of Architecture, Sydney Technical College
- Career event - Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of London
- 1913 - 1933
- Career position - Served as Superintendent of Technical Education
- 1913 - 1934
- Career event - Member of the Senate of the University of Sydney
- Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus nanglei R.T. Bak.was named in his honour
- Career position - Served as of director of vocational training under the Commonwealth Department of Repatriation
- Award - Member of the Order of the British Empire
- 1920 - 1921
- Career event - President of the Royal Society of New South Wales
- Career event - Member of the first Board of Architects of New South Wales
- Career event - Appointed honorary government astronomer
- Career event - Published Stars of the Southern Heavens
- Career event - Published The Sydney Observatory: Its History and Work
- 1936 - 1937
- Career event - President of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects
- Career event - Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects
Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions
- McCarthy, Gavan; Smith, Ailie; Moje, Christine; Rigby, Rebecca, The Study of Australian Eucalypts, eScholarship Research Centre, 2013, http://www.eoas.info/eucalypts/index.html. Details
- Cobb, Joan E., 'Nangle, James (1868-1941)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 10, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1986. Also available at http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/nangle-james-7722. Details
- Wood, H., 'History of Australian Astronomy: Sydney Observatory 1858-1983', Proceedings of the Astronomical Society of Australia, vol. 5, no. 2, 1983, p. 273. Also available at http://articles.adsabs.harvard.edu//full/1983PASAu...5..273W/0000273.000.html. Details
- 'Nangle, James (18681228-19410222)', Trove, National Library of Australia, 2009, http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1467595. Details
- Hall, Norman, A Supplement to Botanists of the Eucalypts (CSIRO, 1978), CSIRO Division of Forest Research, Canberra, 1979, 19 pp. Details
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