Now: Chairman of Maunsell Geotechnical Services in Hong Kong.
Qualifications: MA, PhD (Cantab), FICE, FHKIE.
Winning paper: A centrifugal model test on a trial embankment at King's Lynn.
Then: Just started with Maunsell in London, having recently completed my PhD at Cambridge.
Afterwards: Continued to practise in consulting geotechnical engineering, moving to Hong Kong in 1975. Now chairman of Maunsell Geotechnical Services with 300 staff in Hong Kong. I have been responsible for several tunnels in rock and soil, many underground structures, subway stations, deep basements and foundations, and several reclamations including Chek Lap Kok airport.
Professional highs: Winning the Cooling Prize; winning tender designs for Chui Hung, Diamond Hill Station and two tunnels for Hong Kong metro in 1975; Chek Lap Kok reclamation (260M.m3 shifted in 32 months); being in charge of Maunsell Group's international geotechnics business.
On the downside: Business development in Taiwan 1987 to 1990.
Did winning have an impact on your career? Yes, it convinced me that geotechnical engineering should be my career path.
How did you spend the prize money? On some classic textbooks, such as Terzaghi and Peck, and Terzaghi's Theoretical soil mechanics.
Anecdotes: Flying is now commonplace, but I had not flown before my trip to Glasgow for the competition. I don't think I had stayed in a hotel before either, so the whole event was something beyond my experience.
The meeting was arranged by Dr Sam Thorburn who was managing his own modest consulting practice. He struck me as being very pleasant and approachable. He was the first engineer I had met who was managing his own firm and I stood in awe of him. I can only remember John Burland as one of the judges, other than Dr Cooling, who also presented the prize.