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My career started in the early 1950s when the whole process of education and training was quite different to the process today. There were a greater number of ways in which one could obtain professional qualifications, since it was not until 1972 that the profession decided to emphasise graduate entry only. Peter Campbell
Research on shear is reviewed, with developments in a number of topics traced from the turn of the century until the present day. The current situation and the prospects for future progress are discussed. Finally, some more general conclusions are drawn from the background of this particular area. Professor P.E. Regan
THE CHAIRMAN (Mr. J. Mitchell Moncrieff, M.Inst.C.E., Vice-president) said that members would agree with him that Mr. Andrews had furnished an interesting paper of an extremely practical kind, and he was now looking forward to seeing a kinematograph film which, he understood, would be projected to illustrate some of the things that had been said. The paper carried his mind back for thirty-five years, to the time when, as a young man, he designed a bridge in wrought iron, and it was put out to tender. The managing director of one of the tendering firms, an old friend of his, said, “Why did you design it in wrought iron?" He replied that he did so because more was known about wrought iron than anything else. His friend then said, “You should design it in steel.” He thereupon said that he would re-design it in steel, and he did so, on which his friend said, “But we have a lot of trouble in steel. Why, some of the bars we had in our yard last week cracked right across.” “In that case,” was his reply, "we had better go back to wrought iron.” The bridge, however, was built in steel.