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Event Organiser: The British Geotechnical Association

Bishop and the early years of soil mechanics in England, London

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 17 April 2018
  • 18:00 - 19:30
Bishop and the early years of soil mechanics in England, London

About this event

"It was a great privilege and the best of good luck to be associated for nearly 40 years with one of the finest intellects in our subject.. his work in this field brought about a highly beneficial revolution in soil mechanics.. ..He was loved and respected by his numerous students.. Through them and the strict but friendly criticism of his colleagues' work, and his own important contributions, he exerted a unique influence."

These are extracts from Skempton's tribute to Bishop published in Géotechnique in 1988; they formed part of Bishop's obituary. This talk gives an account of the "unique" man behind this "unique influence". While Bishop is best known for his method of slip circle analysis, his contributions to the development of soil mechanics were far wider and of greater importance The aim of this talk is to describe his most significant contributions, and focus on those aspects of Bishop's character that motivated him and enabled him to make those contributions. The talk is illustrated with numerous photographs and diagrams.

Tea and Coffee will be available from 5:30 pm. Free to attend and all welcome; advance registration not required.

In partnership with:

Imperial College London


Laurie Wesley

Laurie gained a PhD under Professor Bishop in 1975 and is currently working on a biography of the Professor.

Event venue

Imperial College London
201 Skempton Building
Exhibition Road
London SW7 2BU
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Shelagh Fleming

e: shelagh.fleming@ice.org.uk