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Gold Medal Address 2006: Bridging gaps

My gratitude is tinged with surprise. Looking back, there are the 23 research papers published in our Journal, The Structural Engineer. It’s not long since a Member, unhappy with its content, complained that on average, such papers are read by only three people. Well, the author reads it, and there are a couple of assessors, so he was probably right. Many firsttime authors are amazed by the total silence that greets most publications of results of their research. Another recollection is of over 30 years’ work on Eurocodes. Is there any recent topic less popular with our Members? It seemed more likely that I would face our Disciplinary Committee, rather than this distinguished gathering. Nor can I match achievements of recent medallists. For example, John Roberts provided safely the thrills of rollercoasting; John Burland kept safe one tower, Big Ben, and made safe another, at Pisa; and Leslie Robertson designed some of the world’s tallest buildings. R. P. Johnson MA, FREng, FIStructE, FICE Emeritus Professor of Civil Engineering University of Warwick