The Glossop Lecture has been initiated as the most prestigious lecture of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society, to be presented by an invited eminent engineering geologist. The requirement for the presentation is that it should highlight the contribution made in the application of engineering geology to civil engineering. This may be achieved by utilizing a subject that illustrates a particular expertise or summarizes a significant contribution to the science by the invitee. Alternatively, the speaker may choose to highlight a significant case history.

I am delighted that our first Glossop lecturer is Professor Peter Fookes, an engineering geologist who I am sure needs little introduction to the majority of you. The committee had little difficulty in agreeing that he was the most appropriate, indeed the outstanding choice. His breadth of experience is phenomenal and so tonight you will be privileged to hear what is effectively an overview of geology and engineering. What could be better suited to the first of our Glossop lectures?

Peter began his career as a soil chemistry technician in the 1950s before gaining his first degree in geology at Queen Mary College, London. During this time he developed an interest in engineering and after graduation he secured a job as a field geologist with Binnie, Deacon and Gourley, now Binnie, Black and Veitch, in West Pakistan working on the Mangla Dam. He started and completed an external PhD on the engineering characteristics of Siwalik Clays under the supervision of Professor A. W. Skempton. At

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