The famous Skempton, in his obituary of Glossop, refers to “works of original scholarship, written with the clarity and style of which Glossop was a master … by his own example and by the example of others, he never lost sight of the importance of bringing together the practical and academic aspects of both geology and soil mechanics.”
Ron Williams has painstakingly pieced together a fascinating account of the life and career of an outstanding engineer, and in the process has painted a vivid portrait of Rudolph Glossop and his achievements. Not before time will today's engineers and scientists have the opportunity to appreciate the achievements of one of the key figures in geotechnical engineering.
‘This is an absolutely fascinating book on the early history of geotechnology... It is a joy to read his words, which often cover the contractual and people issues associated with engineering works. ... What a great read – highly recommended for all engineers – regardless of where or for whom they work’. Geotechnical News
‘Rudolph Glossop was one of the founders of geotechnical engineering in the UK and his professional life is described vividly described in this book’. ISSMGE Bulletin
‘...an enthralling portrait of the person and his part in the development of the ground engineering profession in the UK. ... The journal extracts presented ... make fascinating reading. ... Glossop’s clear narrative and forthright observations again provide relevance and interest for today’s reader... The clarity of the writing results in an entertaining and thought-provoking book’. Australian Geomechanics News
‘...paint a picture of a polymath. ... This book is an interesting collection of source materials relating to the development of geotechnology during the mid-twentieth century. It is a worthwhile addition to a comprehensive library’. NZ Geomechanics News
‘...what makes this book so interesting is that it has been painstakingly pieced together ... to paint a vivid picture both of Glossop and of the evolution of geotechnical engineering... ... it succeeds in presenting the life of Glossop in an easy-to-follow manner, and it is a fascinating read. Williams should be congratulated for placing what could have been lost writings back in the public domain for our benefit and enjoyment’. Géotechnique
'This delightful book... These memoirs are written with a wry humour and keen sense of observation... ...the extraordinary variety of the contents of this book – each section having its own fascination’. Canadian Geotechnical Journal