Obituary: Emeritus Professor Stephen Kaneff, 1926–2015

Written by Deema Kaneff

Emeritus Professor Stephen Kaneff established the field of solar energy research at ANU and was a world leader in the field, designing and building the world's first commercial solar energy power station. 

Stephen graduated from the University of Adelaide with a PhD in Engineering in 1956.  

In the following decade he held positions with the University of Adelaide and was a Carnegie Fellow.

In 1966, Stephen took up the position of Professorial Fellow at the ANU Research School of Physical Sciences.

Five years later he was appointed Professor and Head of the Department of Engineering Physics, a position he maintained until his retirement in 1991.

Nine years after his appointment, Stephen and his team were formally commissioned by the NSW Government to construct a solar thermal power station at White Cliffs.