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Peter Rowe's lectures to be archived on web

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THE PAPERS of the late Professor Peter Rowe are one step closer to being archived on the internet, thanks to a £20,000 grant from the ICE Resource and Development Enabling Fund.

Last week was the third anniversary of Rowe's death. Rowe was a geotechnical consultant who also gained recognition as a researcher and lecturer. He advised on major civil engineering projects including the Derwent and Kielder reservoirs, Torness and Oldbury nuclear power stations, the Oosterschelde Barrage in Holland, the foundations of North Sea oil and gas platforms, grain silos in Saudi Arabia and the settlement of Venice.

Rowe was Professor of Soil Mechanics at Manchester University from 1963 until his retirement in 1982. His widow gifted his papers comprising lecture notes, slides, articles, reports, plans and case files to the John Rylands University library in Manchester in 1998.

It is estimated that the archiving project will take three years. It will be carried out by a professional archivist under the technical direction of the recipient of the Enabling Fund award John Scriven, who had a 25 year association with Rowe as both a student and colleague.

It is planned that Edgar Morton's archive should eventually be added to Rowe's. Morton (1898-1973) was a reader in Applied Geology at Manchester University and consultant on major engineering projects, particularly dams, and the stability problems of rock and earth excavations. He was a follower of the earlier engineering geologist from Manchester, Professor Sir William Boyd Dawkins. The papers of Boyd Dawkins, which are already held at the university library, Edgar Morton and Peter Rowe represent a continuous record of geological science at Manchester over a period of nearly 130 years from 1870.

Another £67,000 is needed to fund the project and the John Rylands University Library is looking for contributions from members or organisations to help finance the project. They are also happy to receive details of further material held by members or organisations that might be appropriately included in the archive.

For further details contact John Hodgson, John Rylands University Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3EH. Tel (0161) 834 5345, email

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