Martin asks people coming to his talks or lectures, to grade him out of ten. This grading system is a way for him to understand if people are still interested and learning from him.
This feedback has also led to some comments that perhaps explain why Martin’s contribution has been recognised:
“Martin can explain the most complex theories in such a way that anyone can understand, I suppose that is the kind of knowledge you gain with over 60 years in the industry”.
Another comment: “One of the best presentations, if not the best in structural engineering. Privileged to attend, it’s a 9/10 from me”.
Martin also contributed regularly to many articles and one prompted, "Further to our telephone conversation I would repeat that I consider your item absolutely splendid, once again, many thanks for which must be the best item yet".