Peter Wroth

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Peter Wroth
Born 1929
Died 1991
Institutions University of Cambridge
University of Oxford
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Thesis The behaviour of soils and other granular media when subjected to shear (1958)
Doctoral advisor Kenneth H. Roscoe
Doctoral students Guy T. Houlsby

Charles Peter Wroth (1929–1991) was a British Civil Engineer, a world pioneer in Geotechnical Engineering and Soil Mechanics.[1][2] He led the design and construction of the Hammersmith flyover.[3]


He studied Engineering at the University of Cambridge and carried out research in Soil Mechanics under Kenneth H. Roscoe, leading to the award of a PhD degree in 1958 with his thesis titled "The behaviour of soils and other granular media when subjected to shear".[4] He served as Professor at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. He also served as Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

Academic recognition[edit]

He delivered the 24th Rankine Lecture, titled "The interpretation of in situ soil tests".[5]


Academic offices
Preceded by
Derek Brewer
Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley