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Ahm, Povl Borge (1926–2005), civil and structural engineer, was born in Aarhus, Denmark, on 26 September 1926. He was educated at the Polyteknisk Laereanstalt in Copenhagen, graduating in 1949. He came to England in 1952 to join the consulting engineers Ove Arup & Partners...

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Sir John Aird, first baronet (1833–1911) by Sir Benjamin Stone, 1897 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Aird, Sir John, first baronet (1833–1911), civil engineering contractor, was born on 3 December 1833 in Greenwich, the second son of eight children of John Aird (1800–1876), contractor, and Agnes (d. 1869), daughter of Charles Bennett of Lambeth. His grandfather Robert Aird...

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Arrol, Sir William (1839–1913), civil engineer, was born at Houston, Renfrewshire, on 13 February 1839, the son of Thomas Arrol, cotton spinner, and his wife, Agnes Hodgart, sister of Matthew Hodgart, a mechanical engineer in Paisley and partner in the firm of Fullerton Hodgart and Barclay...

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Sir Ove Nyquist Arup (1895–1988) by Godfrey Argent, 1969 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Arup, Sir Ove Nyquist (1895–1988), civil engineer, was born on 16 April 1895 in Newcastle upon Tyne, the elder son and second of the three children of (Jens Simon) Johannes Arup and his wife, Mathilde Bolette Nyquist. Johannes Arup was Danish veterinary consul in ...

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Austin, Henry (1811/12–1861), civil engineer and sanitarian, was the son of William Austin, medical practitioner, of Bloomsbury Square, London. Two sisters and at least one brother survived to adulthood. Austin was a pupil of Robert Stephenson, with whom he worked on the London and Birmingham and London and Blackwall railways...

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Sir Donald Coleman Bailey (1901–1985) by Walter Bird, 1962 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bailey, Sir Donald Coleman (1901–1985), civil engineer, was born in Rotherham, Yorkshire, on 15 September 1901, the only child of Joseph Henry Bailey, commercial cashier, and his wife, Caroline Coleman. After attending Rotherham grammar school and the Leys School, Cambridge, Bailey went to ...

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Baker, Sir Benjamin (1840–1907), civil engineer, was born at Keyford, Frome, Somerset, on 31 March 1840, the son of Benjamin Baker and Sarah Hollis. His father, a native of co. Carlow, Ireland, became principal assistant at ironworks at Tondu, Glamorgan. After being educated at ...

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Baker, John Fleetwood, Baron Baker (1901–1985), civil engineer, was born on 19 March 1901 at Liscard, Cheshire, the younger child and only son of Joseph William Baker (1872–1958), etcher and watercolour painter, and his wife, Emily Carole Fleetwood (1874–1952). Baker was educated at ...

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Baker, (John Frederic) Allan (1903–1987), civil engineer, was born on 5 October 1903 at Eversleigh, Hounslow, the son of Harry James Baker, clerk to the district council, and his wife, Ethel Gertrude Fowler. He was educated at St Paul's School, London. On 2 February 1927 he married ...

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Bald, William (1789/90–1857), surveyor and civil engineer, was born in Burntisland, Fife, and educated at Burntisland and in Edinburgh before becoming apprenticed to the eminent Scottish land surveyor, John Ainslie. From 1803 onwards he was employed on very extensive estate surveys throughout Scotland...

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Ballard, Stephen (1804–1890), civil engineer, was born at Ivy House, Malvern, Worcestershire, on 5 April 1804, the son of Philip Ballard (d. 1845), attorney, and his wife, Charlotte, née Bayliss (d. 1846). His father had been bankrupted by a libel suit, and to help support the family his mother took in lodgers, one of whom, the ...

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Peter William Barlow (1809–1885) by Maull & Polyblank Science & Society Picture Library

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Barlow, Peter William (1809–1885), civil engineer, was born at Woolwich on 1 February 1809, the elder son of Professor Peter Barlow (1776–1862), mathematician. His mother's name is unknown. His younger brother was William Henry Barlow (1812–1902). After an education at private schools he followed his early ambition of a career in civil engineering by becoming a pupil of ...

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William Henry Barlow (1812–1902) by John Collier, 1880 courtesy of the Institution of Civil Engineers Archives

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Barlow, William Henry (1812–1902), civil engineer, was born on 10 May 1812 at Woolwich, London, the younger son of Peter Barlow (1776–1862), mathematician and physicist, of the Royal Military Academy. His elder brother was Peter William Barlow (1809–1885). Following private schooling, at the age of sixteen he studied civil engineering with his father for a year. He then began three years' engineering pupillage, initially in the machinery department at ...

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Barry, Sir John Wolfe Wolfe- (1836–1918), civil engineer, was born on 7 December 1836 in London, the youngest son, in a family of five sons and two daughters, of Sir Charles Barry (1795–1860), the architect of the houses of parliament, and his wife, ...

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Bateman, John Frederic La Trobe (1810–1889), civil engineer, was born at Lower Wyke, near Halifax, on 30 May 1810, the eldest son of John Bateman (1772–1851), an unsuccessful inventor, and his wife, Mary Agnes, daughter of Benjamin La Trobe, a Moravian missionary at ...