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Rankine Lecturers

The Rankine Lecture is universally acknowledged as the premier event in the BGS calendar, and being invited to present a Rankine Lecture is regarded as one of the highest accolades among the world's geotechnical community. It is given alternately by overseas and British lecturers to an audience that regularly exceeds 600. A look back over the list of past lectures justifies the sub-title of the first collection of the series as 'Landmarks in soil mechanics'.

1961 Control of seepage through foundations and abutments of dams, Professor A Casagrade (above), Harvard University

1962 Field measurements in soil mechanics, Dr LF Cooling, Building Research Station

1963 Recent work in rock mechanics, A Mayer, France

1964 Long term stability of clay slopes, Professor AW Skempton, Imperial College

1965 Effects of earthquakes on dams and embankments, Professor NW Newmark, University of Illinois

1966 The strength of soils as engineering materials, Professor AW Bishop, Imperial College

1967 Engineering geology of Norwegian normally-consolidated marine clays as related to settlement of buildings, Dr Lauritis Bjerrum, NGI

1968 The rise of geotechnology and its influence on engineering practice, R Glossop, Mowlem & Co

1969 Advantages and limitations of the observational method in applied soil mechanics, Professor RB Peck, University of Illinois

1970 The influence of strains in soil mechanics, Professor KH Roscoe, University of Cambridge

1971 Friction of rocks and stability of rock slopes, Professor JC Jaegar, Australian National University, Canberra

1972 The relevance of soil fabric to site investigation practice, Professor PW Rowe, University of Manchester

1973 Predictions in soil engineering, Professor TW Lambe, MIT

1974 The analytical method in soil mechanics, Professor RE Gibson, Kings College, London

1975 Old structures in relation to soil conditions, Professor J Kerisel, Simescol Etudes, Paris

1976 Triassic rocks,with particular reference to predicted and observed performance of some major foundations, Dr AC Meigh, Soil Mechanics

1977 Reflections on design decisions of practical significance to embankment dams, Professor VFB de Mello, Univ Sao Paulo, Brazil

1978 Ground support for tunnels in weak rocks, Dr WH Ward, Building Research Establishment

1979 Considerations in the earthquake resistance of earth and rockfill dams, Professor H Bolton Seed, University of California, Berkeley

1980 Cambridge geotechnical centrifuge operations, Professor AN Schofield, University of Cambridge

1981 Geotechnical engineering and frontier resource development, Professor NB Morgenstern, University of Alberta

1982 Geology, geomorpholgy and geotechnics, Dr DJ Henkel, Ove Arup & Partners

1983 The strength of jointed rock masses, Dr E Hoek, Golder Associates, Vancouver

1984 In situ measurements of soil properties, Dr CP Wroth, University of Oxford

1985 Soil models in offshore engineering, Professor N Janbu, Norwegian Institute of Technology

1986 On the embankment dam, Dr ADM Penman, Building Research Establishment

1987 Failure in geotechnical engineering, Professor RF Scott, California Institute of Technology

1988 The uplift resistance of soils, Professor HB Sutherland, University of Glasgow Trust

1989Pile behaviour theory and application, Professor H Poulos, University of Sydney

1990 Compressibility and shear strength of natural clays, Professor JB Burland, Imperial College

1991 Conduction phenomena - from theory to geotechncial practice, Professor JK Mitchell, Berkeley

1992 Retaining structures - displacement and design, Dr B Simpson, Arup Geotechnics

1993 Liquefaction and flow failure during earthquakes, Professor K Ishihara, University of Tokyo

1994 Assumption, prediction and reality in geotechnical engineering, Professor PR Vaughan, Imperial College

1995 Block theory and its application, Professor RE Goodman, Berkeley

1996 Soil mechanics in pavement engineering, Professor SF Brown, University of Nottingham

1997 Interaction between the atmosphere and the earth, Professor GE Blight, Witwatersand University, South Africa

1998 Professor DW Hight, Soil characterisation: the importance of structure, anisotropy and natural variability, Geotechnical Consulting Group

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