Malcolm D. Bolton

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Malcolm D. Bolton
Born 1946 (age 70–71)
Residence Cambridge, UK
Nationality English
Fields Soil Mechanics, Geotechnical Engineering
Institutions Cambridge University, UK
University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST)
Alma mater Cambridge University, UK
University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST)
Doctoral advisor Andrew N. Schofield[1]
Notable students Paul J. Vardanega
Paul Shepley
Known for Mobilisable strength design (MSD), Geotechnical centrifuge modelling
Influences Andrew N. Schofield.
Notable awards 52nd Rankine Lecture, 2012
Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Malcolm David Bolton (born 1946) is a British soil mechanics engineer and professor of geotechnical engineering at the University of Cambridge.


He read engineering at the University of Cambridge. He then studied for a MSc at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) and then did research in soil mechanics at Cambridge which led to the award of a PhD.[2]


He currently holds the Chair of Soil Mechanics at the University of Cambridge and his is the Director of the Schofield Centrifuge Centre for Geotechnical Processes and Construction. He published extensively [3][4] in the field of fundamental soil mechanics, geotechnical centrifuge testing and geotechnical design. For the latter topic, he introduced the mobilisable strength design (MSD) method.[5][6] In 2012, he was invited to deliver the prestigious 52nd Rankine Lecture, titled "Performance-based design in geotechnical engineering".[7][8] In 1991 he delivered the 2nd BGA Géotechnique Lecture.


  1. ^ Malcolm D. Bolton at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ Cambridge Geotechnical PhD Theses
  3. ^ Professor M. D. Bolton Publications
  4. ^ Malcolm D. Bolton, A guide to soil mechanics.
  5. ^ Osman, A. S.; Bolton, M. D. (2005). "Simple plasticity-based prediction of the undrained settlement of shallow circular foundations on clay". Géotechnique. 55 (6): 435. doi:10.1680/geot.2005.55.6.435. 
  6. ^ Bolton, M. D.; Powrie, W. (1988). "Behaviour of diaphragm walls in clay prior to collapse". Géotechnique. 38 (2): 167. doi:10.1680/geot.1988.38.2.167. 
  7. ^ 52nd Rankine Lecture Online Archived September 5, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Professor M D Bolton to give 52nd Rankine lecture

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