Rudolph Glossop

and the Rise of Geotechnology

Edited by Ronald E. William

Format: Hardback

A personal account of the role played by Rudolph Glossop, one of the founders of geotechnical engineering in the UK. Based upon previously unpublished personal journals, diaries and letters including correspondence with Bjerrum, Skempton and Terzaghi.

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Whittles Publishing

Whittles Publishing has been established for some years but recently has expanded significantly, becoming a well-known technical publisher on a global stage. They publish quality, well-produced and attractive books and specialise in the following subjects: geomatics, civil and structural engineering and applied science. They are also developing new lists in specific disciplines including architecture and landscape, manufacturing and materials technology, fuel and energy science and geotechnics. They also publish non-technical books within the following areas: maritime, pharology, military history, nature and exploration.

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Rudolph Glossop made a unique contribution to the early development of both geotechnical engineering and engineering geology and this volume presents a fascinating and revealing perspective on his involvement by means of selected extracts from personal diaries, letters and journals. From his early experience as an undergraduate and the four years spent in the Gold Coast to the establishment of Soil Mechanics Ltd and his time as director of Mowlems, Glossop became one of the key figures and was involved in many of the key stages in the development of geotechnology. His journal provides a fuller understanding of the Mulberry Harbour, which was a key factor in the success of the D-Day landings in northern France, June 1944; while his diaries give a unique account of the significant challenges that had to be overcome during construction of Derwent Dam, N.E. England.

The famous Skempton, in his obituary of Glossop, refers to works of original scholarship, written with the clarity and style of which Glossop was a master - by his own example and by the example of others, he never lost sight of the importance of bringing together the practical and academic aspects of both geology and soil mechanics.A" Ron Williams has painstakingly pieced together a fascinating account of the life and career of an outstanding engineer, and in the process has painted a vivid portrait of Rudolph Glossop and his achievements. Not before time will today's engineers and scientists have the opportunity to appreciate the achievements of one of the key figures in geotechnical engineering.

Additional Information

Additional Information

Format Hardback
Imprint Whittles Publishing
Publication Date 14 Dec 2010
ISBN 9781849950213
Number of Pages 384

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'The Early Journals provide a very clear view of the young Glossop, and I found the sections on his time in Africa and his activities during the Second World War particularly fascinating. - a thoroughly engaging read and room is left for a few entertaining social digressions. - I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the often highly personal insights that it affords the reader. This book comes highly recommended to all who have an interest in our profession - ' Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology

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