The biennial Mallet–Milne Lecture is organised by SECED in memory of the two founding fathers of engineering seismology: Robert Mallet and John Milne. The concept of the Mallet–Milne lecture series is to capture a lifetime of experience from eminent professionals who have spent their careers working in the field of seismology or earthquake engineering. In recognition of his great contribution to British earthquake engineering, Edmund Booth has been elected, and has accepted, to deliver the 16th Mallet–Milne Lecture at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London on Wednesday 24th May 2017.
Edmund has had a distinguished career in earthquake engineering, working on many international projects as a consultant for the seismic design and analysis of buildings, bridges, industrial structures, offshore structures and projects for the nuclear power and petrochemical industry. He has applied his expertise to the seismic assessment of historical and non-engineered buildings and to seismic risk assessment studies world-wide. Significantly, Edmund has promoted the earthquake engineering discipline throughout his career, lecturing at several universities, being one of the founders of the UK Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team (EEFIT), a past Chair of SECED, and representing the UK on many expert committees, including his current role as Chair of the British Standards Institution’s committee dealing with the seismic Eurocode, EC8.
To research further the theme of his lecture, Dealing with Earthquakes, Edmund has undertaken a study tour of four contrasting locations with high seismicity, where he spoke to a wide variety of professionals, both engineers and those from other disciplines. Generous travel grants were provided for the tour by SECED, EEFIT and the Institution of Civil Engineers Research and Innovation Fund. More details of his travels are included in the SECED Newsletter of August 2016, Vol. 27, No. 2.