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Patrick Dowling

Patrick Dowling

Professor Patrick Dowling CBE FREng FRS


Elected: 1996


Patrick Dowling made outstanding contributions in the field of structural engineering, with emphasis on the design of steel-plated structures such as those used in bridge girder and ship hull design, and on the inelastic stability and damage resistance of major structural steel components such as the legs and pontoons of offshore platforms. His research also led to new insights into the strength of composite steel - concrete building, bridge and offshore construction. These distinguished theoretical and experimental achievements on the fundamental engineering science of structural behaviour have been complemented by his work as a major contributor to their effective incorporation in 1992 into the new Eurocode on the Design of Steel Structures, the complete development of which he steered over a period of ten years as Chairman of the relevant joint EEC/EFTA Committee.

Professor Patrick Dowling CBE FREng FRS died on 28 April 2023.

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Engineering
    • Engineering, structural
  • Other
    • Public understanding of science
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