The Faculty of Engineering mourns the passing of our former dean, Professor Henry Ehikpehale Enahoro. His death occurred in Sydney Australia where his last academic engagement was as Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of New South Wales. Born 11th March 1929 in Uromi, Edo State the gentle professor HE Enahoro passed away after a long illness on June 13th 2014. He is survived by his wife, Mrs Dianne Enahoro, and two surviving children, Elizabeth and Christopher. Another child, Rebecca, did not outlive the late professor. He is from the illustrious Enahoro clan of Uromi and brother to both late Anthony Enahoro – best known as the mover of the motion for Nigeria’s independence – and the celebrated journalist, Peter Enahoro.
Professor Enahoro attended Kings College, Lagos and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manchester, England. In 1963, he completed the PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics with a thesis titled “Effect of cold-working on chip formation in metal cutting” at the University of Sheffield, Bedford, England. He was for many years a lecturer at the University of South Wales, Sydney, Australia before becoming a professor at the University of Lagos in 1975. He was appointed the HOD of Mechanical Engineering and became dean later the same year until 1977.
Professor HE Enahoro taught Strength of Materials and the Theory of Plasticity at both undergraduate and graduate levels in the department of Mechanical Engineering. In 1976, he was supervisor of the undergraduate project for Professors AO Oyediran and OA Fakinlede (current dean). Professor Umunna Okoli – our external examiner and former dean of Engineering at the University of Port Harcourt was his first PhD student here at the University of Lagos.
There is an electronic condolence Register located at http://tributes.smh.com.au/obituaries/smh-au/obituary.aspx?pid=171372856 while a paper register will be opened at the dean’s office on Monday, June 30, 2014. A Funeral Service was be held in his honour on Thursday, (June19, 2014) at St Brigid’s Church, Corner of Brook and Waltham Street Coogee, Sydney, Australia. Other arrangements in Nigeria are to be as announced by the family. May his soul rest in peace.