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Written by:
Professor Simon Guest | based on a tribute by Professor Lord Mair
26 Mar 2024

Dr Christopher Padfield

27 August 1949 – 3 June 2023

Christopher Padfield came to Cambridge as an undergraduate reading Engineering at Fitzwilliam College in 1968. He lived his undergraduate life with great gusto, achieving a First in the Tripos, rowing in the First Boat, and going off on strenuous mountaineering expeditions. In his third year, he did a project with Professor Jacques Heyman showing why the precarious-looking Clare Bridge is not falling down, winning the Gold Medal of the Institution of Civil Engineers for the resultant paper, a hugely impressive achievement, and especially unusual for an undergraduate. The analysis is as pertinent now as it was
when published in 1972.