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Professor Simon Perry, head of civil engineering at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has died suddenly while on a trip with students to Barcelona. Brought up in Oxfordshire and educated at Imperial College London, he was appointed lecturer at Imperial by the late Professor Sir Alan Harris in 1973. He specialised in concrete structures before moving to Dublin in 1986. There he stewarded the tripling in size of the TCD civil engineering department, successfully lobbying industry for funding.

He was prominent in the debate on the development of Ireland's infrastructure and actively involved in providing academic assistance in Third World countries.

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