I'll be adding information from research I'm doing on Sir John Wolfe Barry, the famous Victorian civil and structural engineer, with an aim of publishing a biography in January 2018 to mark the centenary of his death. I gave a lecture on Wolfe Barry at the Institution of Structural Engineers in April 2017. I have other interests in historical interpretation so please contact me if you'd like to cooperate on anything to do with: industrial/business history, history of technology/engineering or family history.
Some quick facts about Sir John Wolfe Barry.
- He was the son of Sir Charles Barry, architect of the British Houses of Parliament.
- He was the senior engineer for the construction of London's iconic Tower Bridge and his business partner was Henry Brunel, son of the great Isambard K Brunel.
- He was President of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1897, Queen Victoria's Jubilee Year.
- He is credited with being the founder of what was to become the British Standards Institution, home of the Kitemark, and contributing to the establishment of the National Physical Laboratory, home of the first atomic clock.
For more information about him look at the separate section on Sir John or view the below video about the history of Tower Bridge.