Michael de Freitas is one of the UK's best known Engineering Geologists. His published works include two of the best known text books on the subject and many here tonight will have known him as a popular and talented lecturer at Imperial College. It is particularly appropriate that we are here in the Great Hall tonight.

Michael de Freitas obtained his BSc(Hons) in 1964 and his PhD in 1982. He was chartered in 1990 and in 2001 became a Chevalier L'Orde des Palmes Académiques – a French order of chivalry for academics and educators. His career at Imperial College took...

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