The Michigan Alumnus 464
English Born Professor Knows About Wood
WILLIAM KYNOCH, Professor of Wood Technology in the School of Forestry and Conservation, was born in England and received most of his education in that country and in Canada. He earned two de grees from the University of Toronto and in 1914 became associated with the Forest Products Laboratories of Canada, one of the four leading timber research organizations in the world. He served as Director there from 1920 until 1927, when he joined Michigan's Faculty as Associate Pro fessor.
He still likes to drop in at the Ottawa Laboratories each summer to observe what is going on and he and his wife and two daughters usually spend their summers in Canada. The University Press has just published Mechanical Properties of Certain Tropical Woods, Chiefly from South America, in which Professor Kynoch collaborated with Newell A. Norton, a former Assistant in Wood Technol ogy at the University. The study was based on 30,000 tests and determinations on 38 different kinds of tropical timbers and was made at the School of Forestry and Conservation, of the University, with the cooperation of the Tropical Plant Research Founda tion of Washington and the Wood Industries Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Professor Kynoch is an omnivorous reader but he likes nothing better than a session with a book in which travel and nature study are combined in proper proportions. And when he is free of academic duties he com bines those two himself and prefer ably uses a canoe—or walks—as his means of getting around.
Above his desk in his office on the fourth floor of Natural Science Building hangs an interesting collection of blocks of finely finished and attractively mounted Brazilian woods. It is appropriately inscribed as the gift of two Brazilian students. Professor Ky noch won their lasting friendship by lending his assistance during their first textbook buying expedition at Wahr's, when their own English was not up to the demands of the situation.