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The President recently received a letter from Mr. J. Ernest Franck (F) who is the sole surviving Founder Member of the Concrete Institute, which, formed in 1908, became the Institution of Structural Engineers in 1923. Mr. Franck who now lives in retirement in Suffolk is 95 years of age. The President feels that the letter, a resume of which is given below, is not only of fascinating interest to contemporary members but is a tribute to the memory of a distinguished engineer.
Introduction by Mr. Dunican: 'The design and construction of the first phase of the Stock Exchange rebuilding is in my opinion a working example of the ideas embodied in my paper, "The Art of Structural Engineering", which I presented to the Institution in
March 1966. At that time I said, perhaps rather too obviously, that a structure of a building must satisfy four main conditions. It must stand up, it must be capable of being built economically and within the means available, and it must suit the building. I also quoted Eduardo Torroja, who said: "Structural design is concerned with much more than science and techniques, it is also very much concerned with art, common sense, sentiment, aptitude, and enjoyment of the task of creating opportune
outlines to which scientific calculations will add finishing touches, substantiating that the structure is sound and strong in accordance with requirements."
The report analyses and tabulates the results of the investigation of 56 major fires, it considers the factors influencing fire limitation and describes each fire investigated. Copies of the Report are available from the C & CA, 52 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1.