Professor Alan W.
Years 1920 - 1945
Alan Wilfred Bishop was born at Whitstable on 27th May, he was educated
at King's College School, Wimbledon and the University of Cambridge,
where he was a senior scholar at Emmanual College and took the 1942
Mechanical Sciences Tripos.
His first appointment was as an engineer with the Metropolitan Water
Board; later seconded to the Building Research Station to work with
their soils group.
Whilst at the Building Research Station he designed and built his own
equipment for testing foundation soils and for taking soil samples.
This early work typified the approach used by Bishop in that he always
insisted that the best possible soil test data should be used in any
analysis. If the apparatus available could not give the quality of data
he required, then he simply devised and built equipment that would.
Usually the apparatus produced was so much better than that currently
available that the commercial manufacturers switched to his designs.
The combination of this
practical ability with his capacity for analytical studies made him the
obvious choice as the first member of the soils team which Professor
Skempton set up at Imperial College.
Professor Alan W
Automated stress path
designed by Bishop