Edmund Hambly
Dr Edmund Cadbury Hambly (28 September 1942 – 28 March 1995) was a British
United Kingdom
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 structural engineer
Structural engineer
Structural engineers analyze, design, plan, and research structural components and structural systems to achieve design goals and ensure the safety and comfort of users or occupants...


Edmund Hambly was born in Seer Green
Seer Green
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, near Beaconsfield
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, Buckinghamshire
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 in 1942. He went at Eton College
Eton College
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 prior to studying the engineering tripos
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 at Cambridge University. He excelled there gaining a first class honours degree and claiming the prize in structural engineering
Structural engineering
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. Staying at Cambridge he completed his doctorate
Engineering Doctorate
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 following work on soil deformation models. It was here that he met and married Elizabeth Gorham with whom he would have three daughters and a son.

Hambly left academia
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 to spend five years working with Ove Arup and Partners
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 in the design of structures and Gifford and Partners
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 in bridge building. He devised new models and work methods for the approximation of structural behaviour which he published in 1976 in his first book, Bridge Deck Behaviour. In 1974 he set up his own consultancy and worked from his home in Hertfordshire
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, writing more than 40 technical papers
Academic journal
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 to supplement his income. One of his first contracts was to investigate the design of bridge foundations for the Building Research Establishment
Building Research Establishment
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, publishing some of his findings in Bridge Foundations and Substructures in 1979. He was asked by the oil and gas extraction industries to advise upon offshore platforms
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 damaged by wave fatigue and collisions.

His expertise in the industry was widely recognized and he was created a fellow
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 of the Institution of Structural Engineers
Institution of Structural Engineers
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 in 1982, of the Royal Academy of Engineering
Royal Academy of Engineering
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 in 1984 and of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers
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 in 1991. He also served as chairman of the Offshore Engineering Society between 1989 and 1990.

He worked as a visiting professor at Oxford University from 1989 to 1992 lecturing in structural analysis
Structural analysis
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, he wrote his third book, Structural Analysis by Example (1994) to provide examples of calculations for students.

Hambly had a keen interest in the provision of better social housing and encouraging community spirit as well as a quaker upbringing, he united these beliefs in his service as a trustee to the Bournville Village Trust
Bournville Village Trust
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 between 1979 and 1988.

He was created a fellow
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 of the Institution of Civil Engineers
Institution of Civil Engineers
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 in 1990 and was keen to use this to promote engineering to young people and society as a whole. He was elected vice-president in 1991 and President in 1994. He used his inaugural address to show the need to attract students into engineering degrees and to provide more sustainable solutions to engineering problems. However he died in London
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 on 28 March 1995, just five months into his one year presidency. A prize in his honour is awarded annually by the Institution of Civil Engineers for contributions to sustainability in the industry. He was posthumously awarded an honorary doctorate of science
Doctor of Science
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by Nottingham University in 1996.
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