Engineering Research in Great Britain


    JAMES FORREST, who died on March 2, 1917, at the age of ninety-one years, was connected with the Institution of Civil Engineers for fifty-four years, during forty of which he was assistant secretary or secretary. It was the ambition of his life to make the Institution the premier professional society in the world, and during his tenure of the secretaryship the names on the roll of the Institution rose from between 800 and 900 to 6900, and the annual income from £3000 to £20,000. He retired from office in 1896, but six years previously the Council, to mark its appreciation of his work, presented his portrait to the Institution, and a little later the members placed at his disposal a sum of £500. Forrest himself determined that this should be devoted to the establishment of a James Forrest lectureship, to be administered by the governing body of the Institution; and in 1893, Sir William Anderson was chosen to deliver the first lecture in accordance with the trust.

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    Engineering Research in Great Britain. Nature 127, 748–749 (1931).

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