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Nine new names for wall of fame

ARTS MINISTER Alan Howarth has unveiled nine new engravings at Great George Street, recognising in stone the most eminent civil engineers of the last century.

President George Fleming said: 'All these engineers are truly inspirational figures. I hope that increased recognition of great engineers and their achievements will inspire new generations of young civil engineers to pursue this dynamic and creative profession'.

The process of selecting names to sit alongside the likes of Telford, Faraday and Joule has seen some fierce debate. It is the first time since 1933 that new names have been added.

NCE 's own reader poll last December named Ove Arup as civil of the century, a choice which matched the thoughts of the ICE selection panel.

However, there is no place for several of NCE 's readers' runners up including Sir Owen Williams.

The nine new names now engraved at Great George Street are:

Sir Joseph Bazalgette (1819-1891) is at last commemorated for his work in the planning, design and construction of London's drainage.

Sir Ralph Freeman (1880-1950) possibly the greatest bridge engineer of the last century and best known for his work on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Sir Alexander Gibb (1872-1958) for his contribution to military strategy in two world wars and international development, particularly in power generation.

Professor Sutton Pippard (18911969) for his academic research and teaching of structural analysis.

Sir William Glanville (1900-1976) who led civil engineering research into the properties of concrete.

Lord Baker of Windrush (1901-1985) who developed the plastic theory of structures and its practical application, which he put to good use in developing the Morrison bomb shelter.

Sir Ove Arup (1895-1988), 'the most inspirational engineering designer of the 20th century'.

Geoffrey Binnie (1908-1989), one of the greatest dam engineers of the 20th century, and personally responsible for the Mangla Dam in Pakistan, at the time the largest single civil engineering contract.

Sir Alfred Pugsley (1903-1998) for his contribution to aircraft and suspension bridge design and his work on the safety of structures.

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