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List of notable or famous civil engineers from the United Kingdom, with bios and photos, including the top civil engineers born in the United Kingdom and even some popular civil engineers who immigrated to the United Kingdom. If you're trying to find out the names of famous British civil engineers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These civil engineers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known civil engineer from the United Kingdom is included when available.

People include everything from Robert Stephenson to James Simpson.

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Alan Muir Wood is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 88 (1921-2009) Sir Alan Marshall Muir Wood, MA, LLD, DEng, FRS, FREng, FICE was a British civil engineer.

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Alexander Gibb is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 86 (1872-1958) Brigadier-General Sir Alexander Gibb GBE CB FRS was a Scottish civil engineer. Gibb was born in Broughty Ferry, Dundee, the son of the civil engineer, Alexander Easton Gibb, and the ...more

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Alexander Ross is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 78 (1845-1923) Alexander Ross was a British civil engineer particularly noted for his work with the railway industry. Ross was born in Laggan, County of Inverness in Scotland on 20 April 1845. He was educated ...more

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Alfred Burges is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 90 (1796-1886) Alfred Burges was a British civil engineer. He was apprenticed to the civil engineer James Walker, and in turn trained several other engineers such as Sir Joseph Bazalgette. Walker and Burges ...more

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Alfred Lamert Dickens is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 38 (1822-1860) Alfred Lamert Dickens was a younger brother of the Victorian novelist Charles Dickens and a railway engineer.

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Alfred Giles is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 79 (1816-1895) Alfred Giles was a British civil engineer and Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1878 and 1892. Giles was born in London, the second son of Francis Giles canal ...more

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Allan Quartermaine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Allan Quartermaine Dec. at 90 (1888-1978) Sir Allan Stephen Quartermaine CBE, MC, BSc was a British civil engineer. Allan Stephen Quartermaine was born in London on 9 November 1888 and was the holder of a Bachelor of Science degree in ...more

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Angus Fulton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 83 (1900-1983) Angus Anderson Fulton CBE FRSE FICE FIME FIEE was a British civil engineer. Fulton was born in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland on 10 January 1900. His father was an associate member of the ...more

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Anthony Bull is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 96 (1908-2004) Anthony Bull CBE CStJ was a British transport engineer and was president of the Institute of Transport.

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Arthur Alfred Lynch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 73 (1861-1934) Arthur Alfred Lynch was an Irish Australian civil engineer, physician, journalist, author, soldier, anti-imperialist and polymath. He served as MP in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom ...more

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Basil Mott is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Basil Mott Dec. at 79 (1859-1938) Sir Basil Mott, 1st Baronet FRS was one of the most notable English civil engineers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was responsible for some of the most innovative work on tunnels ...more

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Benjamin Hall, 1st Baron Llano... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 65 (1802-1867) Benjamin Hall, 1st Baron Llanover PC, known as Sir Benjamin Hall between 1838 and 1859, was a British civil engineer and politician.

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Bhushan Lal Karihaloo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Bhushan Lal Karihaloo age 75 Bhushan Lal Karihaloo, FIEAus MASME FASCE is a professor of civil, architectural, and environmental engineering. He is head of the Institute of Theoretical, Applied and Computational Mechanics ...more

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Brodie Henderson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 67 (1869-1936) Sir Brodie Haldane Henderson was a British civil engineer. Henderson was primarily a railway engineer who worked for many railroad corporations across South America, Australasia and Africa. He ...more

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Bruce White is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Bruce White Dec. at 98 (1885-1983) Brigadier Sir Bruce Gordon White, KBE, FCGI, FICE, FIEE was one of the leading British consulting engineers of his generation. Son of the engineer Robert White, Bruce White joined his father's ...more

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Charles Blacker Vignoles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 82 (1793-1875) Charles Blacker Vignoles was an influential British railway engineer, and eponym of the Vignoles rail.

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Charles Bressey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Charles Bressey Dec. at 77 (1874-1951) Sir Charles Herbert Bressey CB, CBE was a civil engineer and surveyor who specialised in road design. Bressey was Chief Engineer for Roads at the Ministry of Transport from 1921 to 1938. Between ...more

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Charles Collier Michell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 58 (1793-1851) Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Collier Michell, later known as Charles Cornwallis Michell, was a British soldier, first surveyor-general in the Cape, road engineer, architect, artist and

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Charles Douglas Fox is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Charles Douglas Fox Dec. at 81 (1840-1921) Sir Douglas Fox was an English civil engineer.

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Charles Hawksley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Charles Hawksley Dec. at 78 (1839-1917) Charles Hawksley was a British civil engineer. Hawksley was born in Nottingham, England in 1839 and was the son of civil engineer Thomas Hawksley. He studied at University College London and ...more

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Charles Hutton Gregory is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 81 (1817-1898) Sir Charles Hutton Gregory KCMG was an English civil engineer. He was president of the Institution of Civil Engineers between December 1867 and December 1869. Charles was the son of Dr Olinthus ...more

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Charles Inglis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Charles Inglis Dec. at 77 (1875-1952) Sir Charles Edward Inglis, OBE, FRS was a British civil engineer. The son of a doctor, he was educated at Cheltenham College and won a scholarship to King's College, Cambridge, where he would ...more

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Charles Langbridge Morgan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Charles Langbridge Morgan Dec. at 85 (1855-1940) Sir Charles Langbridge Morgan CBE was a British civil engineer. Morgan was born in 1855 in Worcester, England. He married Mary Watkins in Australia to which her parents had emigrated. Their son, ...more

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Clement Hindley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Clement Hindley Dec. at 70 (1874-1944) Clement Daniel Maggs Hindley was a British civil engineer. Hindley spent much of his life working in Bengal for the East Indian Railway Company eventually becoming their general manager. He also ...more

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David Anderson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
David Anderson Dec. at 73 (1880-1953) Sir David Anderson was a Scottish civil engineer and lawyer. Anderson was born in 1880 at Leven, Fife, Scotland. In 1921, on his return from Army service, Anderson joined a partnership with ...more

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David Chidgey, Baron Chidgey is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
age 75 David Chidgey, Baron Chidgey is a Liberal Democrat politician in the United Kingdom. A former Member of Parliament for Eastleigh, he now sits in the House of Lords.

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David Malcolm Orr is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
David Malcolm Orr age 65 David Orr CBE, FREng, FICE, FIAE, is a civil engineer. He was the 143rd President of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He is married to Vyvienne and they have 2 children. David Orr graduated ...more

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David Mowat Watson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
David Mowat Watson Dec. at 81 (1891-1972) David Mowat Watson was a British civil engineer. David was born in Aberdeen in 1891. His father was John Duncan Watson, a civil engineer regarded as a pioneer in the development of sewage ...more

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Edmund Hambly is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 53 (1942-1995) Dr Edmund Cadbury Hambly was a British structural engineer. Edmund Hambly was born in Seer Green, near Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire in 1942. He went to Eton College prior to studying the ...more

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Ernest Crosbie Trench is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Ernest Crosbie Trench Dec. at 91 (1869-1960) Ernest Frederic Crosbie Trench CBE, TD was a British civil engineer. Ernest was born on 6 August 1869 to George Frederic Trench and Frances Charlotte Talbot Crosbie. Anne of York, Duchess of ...more

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Francis Wentworth-Shields is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Francis Wentworth-Shields Dec. at 90 (1869-1959) Sir Francis Ernest Wentworth-Shields OBE was a British civil engineer. Francis Ernest Wentworth-Shields was born in London in 1869. He was appointed to be a Major of the Territorial Army's ...more

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Frank McClean is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 67 (1837-1904) Frank McClean, F.R.S. (1837-1904) was a British civil engineer, spectroscopist, amateur astronomer and philanthropist.

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Frederick Arthur Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Frederick Arthur Whitaker Dec. at 75 (1893-1968) Sir Frederick Arthur Whitaker KCB, DEng was a British civil engineer. Although born in the Colony of Natal, he was educated in Liverpool and received a Master of Engineering degree from the ...more

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Frederick Palmer is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Frederick Palmer Frederick Palmer was a British civil engineer. Palmer was born in Carmarthenshire, Wales in 1860. Palmer undertook several projects at the West India Docks. The first was the construction of ...more

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Frederick Walter Simms is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Frederick Walter Simms Dec. at 62 (1803-1865) Frederick Walter Simms was a British civil engineer. Born in London, Simms suffered from ill-health in his younger years as his obituary put it, he was "of delicate constitution", and ...more

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Frederick Wilfred Scott Stokes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Frederick Wilfred Scott Stokes Dec. at 67 (1860-1927) Sir Frederick Wilfred Scott Stokes KBE was the inventor in 1915 of the Stokes Mortar, which saw extensive use in the latter half of the First World War and was one of the first truly portable ...more

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George Ambler Wilson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
George Ambler Wilson Dec. at 71 (1906-1977) George Ambler Wilson MICE was a British civil engineer. Wilson was born in Wellington, Shropshire in 1906. He was the chief engineer of the Port of London Authority from 1953 to 1967. In 1958 he ...more

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George Berkley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
George Berkley Sir George Berkley was a British civil engineer. Berkley was born in London. He designed the Colesberg Bridge, a 390 m Warren truss bridge built in 1885 over the Orange River in Colesberg, South ...more

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George Croydon Marks, 1st Baro... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 80 (1858-1938) George Croydon Marks, 1st Baron Marks, known as Sir George Marks between 1911 and 1929, was an English engineer, patent agent and Liberal politician.

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George Deacon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
George Deacon Dec. at 66 (1843-1909) George Frederick Deacon was an English Civil Engineer. He was a pupil and lifelong friend of William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin. He was Lord Kelvin's assistant on the SS Great Eastern ...more

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George Humphreys is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
George Humphreys Dec. at 82 (1863-1945) Sir George William Humphreys KBE was a British civil engineer. Humphreys was born in London in 1863. He became a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers on 7 March 1908. He became a member ...more

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H. F. Stephens is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 63 (1868-1931) Colonel Holman Fred Stephens was a British light railway civil engineer and manager. He was engaged in engineering and building, and later managing, 16 light railways in England and Wales.

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Hamilton Fulton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Hamilton Fulton Hamilton Fulton was a British civil engineer who worked for John Rennie and Thomas Telford before moving for a decade to the state of North Carolina as its principal engineer. Thereafter, he ...more

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Harold Gourley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Harold Gourley Dec. at 70 (1886-1956) Harold John Frederick Gourley was a British civil engineer. Gourley was born in Liverpool in 1886. He was the holder of a Master of Engineering degree. On 5 October 1912 he gave a lecture to the ...more

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Harry Edward Jones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Harry Edward Jones Dec. at 82 (1843-1925) Harry Edward Jones was a British civil engineer. Jones was born in Chester in 1843. He served as president of the Institution of Civil Engineers from November 1917 to November 1918. In this ...more

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Harry Livesey is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Harry Livesey Dec. at 72 (1860-1932) Sir Harry Livesey GBE was a British civil engineer. Livesey served as Deputy Director of Inland Waterways and Docks at the War Office from August 1916 to May 1917, when he became Director of ...more

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Henry Croft is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 61 (1856-1917) Henry Croft was an Australian-born lumber and mining magnate on Vancouver Island in the early 1900s. He founded the town of Crofton, British Columbia in 1902 as a place to house the smelter for ...more

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Henry Maybury is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Henry Maybury Dec. at 79 (1864-1943) Brigadier-General Sir Henry Percy Maybury KCMG, CB, was a British civil engineer. He began his career as a railway engineer, working on many railways in England and Wales before becoming the ...more

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Herbert Manzoni is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Dec. at 73 (1899-1972) Sir Herbert John Baptista Manzoni CBE MICE was a British civil engineer known for holding the position of City Engineer and Surveyor of Birmingham from 1935 until 1963. This position put him in ...more

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Hubert Shirley-Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Civil Engineers from the United Kingdom
Hubert Shirley-Smith Dec. at 80 (1901-1981) Sir Hubert Shirley-Smith, OBE, BSc, MICE was a British civil engineer. Shirley-Smith is perhaps most famous for helping to design the Howrah Bridge in Calcutta for the Indian Public Works ...more