Peter Wroth

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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]

Peter Wroth
Alma materEmmanuel College, Cambridge
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
University of Oxford
ThesisThe behaviour of soils and other granular media when subjected to shear (1958)
Doctoral advisorKenneth H. Roscoe
Doctoral studentsGuy T. Houlsby, David Muir Wood


Wroth was educated at Marlborough College and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he studied Engineering 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 for a brief period prior to his death.

Academic recognitionEdit

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


Wroth played county cricket at amateur level, playing minor counties cricket for Devon from 1947–50, and later for Cambridgeshire in 1962.[6]


  1. ^ Charles Peter Wroth - Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  2. ^ University of Cambridge, Emmanuel College, List of Masters - Charles Peter Wroth
  3. ^ Milligan, G. (December 1991). "Charles Peter Wroth 1929–91". Géotechnique. 41 (4): 631–635. doi:10.1680/geot.1991.41.4.631. ISSN 0016-8505.
  4. ^ University of Cambridge - Geotechnical Group PhD theses
  5. ^ Wroth, C. P. (1984) The interpretation of in situ soil tests. Geotechnique, 34(4) 449-488.
  6. ^ "Minor Counties Championship Matches played by Peter Wroth". CricketArchive. Retrieved 24 March 2019.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Derek Brewer
Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley