Charles Inglis (1875–1952) was a British civil engineer who has been
described as the greatest teacher of engineering of his time. He was
educated at King's College, Cambridge, and then spent two years with the
engineering firm run by John Wolfe-Barry before returning to King's
College as a lecturer. Working with Professors James Alfred Ewing and
Bertram Hopkinson, he made several important studies into the effects of
vibration on structures and defects on the strength of plate steel.
Inglis served in the Royal Engineers during the First World War and
invented the Inglis Bridge, a reusable steel bridging system (example
pictured) – the precursor to the Bailey bridge of the Second World
War. In 1916 he was placed in charge of bridge design and supply at the
War Office and, with Giffard Le Quesne Martel, pioneered the use of
temporary bridges with tanks. He returned to Cambridge University after
the war as head of the Engineering Department, which became the largest
in the university and one of the best regarded engineering schools in
the world. Knighted in 1945, he spent his later years developing his
theories on the education of engineers and wrote a textbook on applied
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