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Thomas Claxton Fidler

Thomas Claxton Fidler (1841 in Newbury, Berkshire – 29 June 1917[1]) was a British civil engineer, noteworthy for his 1887 book on bridge construction.[2]


As successor to Alfred Ewing, T. Claxton Fidler was appointed in 1891 a professor in the Chair of Engineering & Drawing at University College, Dundee. Ewing's Practical Treatise on Bridge-Construction (1887) went through 5 editions with 3rd ed. 1901, 4th ed. 1909, and paperback 5th ed. 1924. The book was praised for its clarity and thoroughness. He retired as professor emeritus in 1909.[2] In retirement he lived in Ventnor, Isle of Wight.[3]

Fidler was an Invited Speaker of the ICM in 1908 in Rome.[4]


In Olney, Buckinghamshire on 11 March 1873, Fidler married Anne Talbot. The marriage produced several children.

Selected publicationsEdit

  • A practical treatise on bridge-construction. London: C. Griffin & Co. 1887.
  • Calculations in hydraulic engineering. Longmans's Civil Engineering Series. vol. 1, 1898; vol. 2, 1902. London: Longmans, Green, & Co.
  • Civil engineering. London: Methuen. 1905.


  1. ^ "Members, Recent Deceases". Minutes of Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers. 204: 438. 1917.
  2. ^ a b Thomas Claxton Fidler, University of Dundee, Scientists at Dundee
  3. ^ "Fidler, Prof. T. Claxton". Who's Who: 744. 1916.
  4. ^ Fidler, T. Claxton (1909). "On the application of mathematics to the theory of construction" (PDF). In G. Castelnuovo (ed.). Atti del IV Congresso Internazionale dei Matematici (Roma, 6–11 Aprile 1908). vol. 3. pp. 356–360. hathitrust link