Professor William Robert (‘Bill’) Dearman was the first British Professor of Engineering Geology. He played a significant role in the development of the subject in construction and land-use planning in the UK, and development of engineering geology mapping as a practical technique for ground engineering. He became the first permanent scientific editor of the Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology (from 1972 to 1977) and his contributions to IAEG and UNESCO publications and guidelines on engineering geology mapping are still in use today.

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