John Wolfe-Barry
English civil engineer
John Wolfe-Barry
Sir John Wolfe-Barry was an English civil engineer of the late 19th and early 20th century. His most famous project was the construction of Tower Bridge over the River Thames in London.
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  • 1918
    Age 81
    Wolfe-Barry died in January 1918 and was buried in Brookwood Cemetery near Woking in Surrey.
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  • 1901
    Age 64
    Two members each from the ICE, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Naval Architects and the Iron and Steel Institute first met on 26 April 1901.
    More Details Hide Details With the Institution of Electrical Engineers who joining the following year, these bodies were the founder institutions of what is today the British Standards Institution or BSI.
  • 1900
    Age 63
    He was chairman of Cable and Wireless from 1900 to 1917.
    More Details Hide Details In 1902 Wolfe-Barry joined the consulting firm Robert White & Partners, and it was renamed Wolfe-Barry, Robert White & Partners (later, 1946, Sir Bruce White, Wolfe Barry and Partners – now part of London-based consultancy Hyder Consultants).
  • 1895
    Age 58
    He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1895 and knighted KCB in 1897.
    More Details Hide Details He was a member of the Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers.
  • 1891
    Age 54
    In 1891, he entered into partnership with his nephew Lt Col Arthur John Barry and the partnership's projects included:
    More Details Hide Details A recognised industry leader (he was elected President of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1896, knighted in 1897, and served on several Royal Commissions), Wolfe-Barry played a prominent role in the development of industry standardisation, urging the ICE's Council to form a committee to focus on standards for iron and steel sections.
  • 1886
    Age 49
    Jones was appointed architect, and developed an initial scheme for which he was knighted in 1886.
    More Details Hide Details Wolfe-Barry, already well-established with experience of bridges across the Thames, was introduced as the engineer for the project and redesigned the mechanisms resulting in a modified plan. Within a month of construction starting Sir Horace Jones died, leaving Wolfe-Barry to oversee the works and specialists. The bridge was completed in 1894. His other projects included:
  • 1867
    Age 30
    Barry began his own practice in 1867, and carried out more work for the railways.
    More Details Hide Details However, it was Tower Bridge that made Wolfe-Barry's name. In 1878, architect Horace Jones first proposed a bascule bridge. An Act of Parliament allowing the Corporation of the City of London to build it was passed in 1885.
  • 1836
    Born in 1836.
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