S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Stevens, Mr F K (civil engineering)

Born: Date not known, Place not known.
Died: 1914, Johannesburg, South Africa.

F K Stevens, civil engineer, won the gold medal of the South African Institution of Engineers for the year 1913/4 for his paper 'Irrigation, with special reference to the future of engineering works in South Africa'. He was to have received the medal after replying to the discussion of his paper, but before the date of the meeting he died in the Johannesburg General Hospital following an operation. The medal was therefore presented to his wife. Just before his death the president of the institution had offered a prize of ten guineas for the best suggestions as to how the institution could reach its objectives. Nine sets of suggestions were received, with that submitted by Stevens being judged the best. His wife again accepted the award on his behalf. It is clear that his death was a serious loss to the institution and to the profession.

List of sources:

Draper, J.R. The engineer's contribution. A history of the South African Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 1892-1967. Johannesburg, 1967.

Compiled by: C. Plug