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 DetailsHide DetailsWith 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.
He was chairman of Cable and Wireless from 1900 to 1917.
More DetailsHide DetailsIn 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).
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1895 and knighted KCB in 1897.
In 1891, he entered into partnership with his nephew Lt Col Arthur John Barry and the partnership's projects included:
More DetailsHide DetailsA 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.
Jones was appointed architect, and developed an initial scheme for which he was knighted in 1886.
More DetailsHide DetailsWolfe-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:
Barry began his own practice in 1867, and carried out more work for the railways.
More DetailsHide DetailsHowever, 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.
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