Robert Mair

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Robert James Mair
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Robert Mair delivering a lecture in Cambridge, February 2013
Born (1950-04-20) 20 April 1950 (age 65)[1]
Fields Geotechnical engineering
Tunnel design & construction
Institutions University of Cambridge
Geotechnical Consulting Group (GCG)
Laing O'Rourke
Scott Wilson Group
The Leys School
Alma mater Clare College, Cambridge
Thesis Centrifugal modelling of tunnel construction in soft clay (1979)
Doctoral advisor Andrew N. Schofield
Known for Jubilee Line Extension[2]
Notable awards Fellow of the Royal Society
Order of the British Empire

Robert James Mair (born 20 April 1950) CBE FRS FICE FREng[3] is a Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He was Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge from 1998 to 2001, when he became Master of Jesus College, Cambridge.[4][5]


Mair was educated at The Leys School in Cambridge[1] and went on to study Engineering at Clare College, Cambridge gaining a Master of Arts degree in 1975[1] and a PhD in 1979.[6]


Mair was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2007. Mair delivered the 46th Rankine Lecture of the British Geotechnical Association and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours.[7] Mair has been awarded numerous research grants by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)[8] He was elected as a Fellow[9] of the Royal Academy of Engineering[10] in 1992.


Robert is the son of the late William Austyn Mair, Francis Mond Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at Cambridge 1952-1983.


Academic offices
Preceded by
David Crighton
Master of Jesus College, Cambridge
2001 - 2011
Succeeded by
Ian White