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English Born Professor Knows About Wood


William Kynoch
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.