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Getting an Eiffel

Letters

I recently attended the Gustave Eiffel Lecture at the ICE on the archives and diaries of Sir Alan Harris. It gave a fascinating insight into one of the notable engineers of the last century.

 

I was perturbed, however, to see that I was one of the only members of the audience under the age of 30.

 

This set me thinking about how young engineers, in particular, seem to give little attention to the culture and history of their own profession.

 

I have often been surprised to find fellow engineers ignorant of even great names like Nervi and Ammann!

 

This issue is significant not only as it is central to the identity and promotion of the profession, but also because it is vital (if only from a technical perspective) that our eminent engineers of the past continue to inform us today.

 

Perhaps NCE should include a regular feature to this end, to create interest and stimulate discussion.

 

Alan McGrane, Guildford, Surrey

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