Farewell to a Legend

Farewell to a Legend

This article is reproduced with permission from Lablines, Vol 38, No. 4, the journal of the Laboratory Technicians’ Association of Victoria

By Andrea Waddell (Bernard’s Daughter)
Technos Pty. Ltd.
Industrial Equipment and Control


It is with sadness we acknowledge the passing of Mr. Bernard Hodson – Managing Director of Industrial Equipment & Control Pty Ltd.

Bernard passed away on 7th September, 2018.

At 78, Bernard was still working full time in a profession he loved. His passion for Science, and in particular Science Education, was known to many Lab Techs, Teachers and Students across Australia and the world.

Industrial Equipment & Control are an Australian manufacturing company, well known for designing and manufacturing equipment used for teaching science.

Many school laboratories and classrooms have pieces of the IEC equipment including the Hodson Light Box, Air Tracks, Van de Graaff Generator, Power Supplies, Hotplates and the Hodson Motor Kit, to name a few.

Bernard studied at St. Kevin’s and Swinburne then, as a young man joined his father in the family business. He achieved many things in his lifetime and made a huge contribution to Science teaching. He was always available to provide advice and loved sharing ideas with customers and colleagues.

Bernard was proud to be an Australian manufacturer who exported products all around the world. His designs are clever, robust, student and teacher friendly and he strived hard to provide service and quality. He will be missed. Bernard was instrumental in the design and manufacture of the current Stelr Kits for sustainable housing and his work has been recognised by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Mr. Alan Finkel.

STELR (Science and Technology Education Leveraging Relevance) is a national initiative of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering. The Academy is an independent body of more than 800 Australian scientists and engineers seeking to enhance Australia’s prosperity through technological innovation. The following youtube video highlights Bernard’s involvement in this special project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx2b4V7Ncoc&feature

Bernard’s legacy will live on through his family and through the Management and Staff of I.E.C. Pty. Ltd.