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Garth Watson was Secretary of the Institution of Civil Engineers from 1967 to 1979 and became the Society's President in 1987. His book, The Smeatonians, traces the history of the Society through original documents and letters, together with the minutes of the Society's meetings and provides insight not only into the imaginative and diverse activities of the Smeatonians, but also into the country which they helped to create.

The following links provide access to archives of papers and Smeatonian Society documents:

National Archives

Archives at ICE

ICE Virtual Library Books

The Wikipedia Entry contains additional information about the Society and more detailed information about its Presidents

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A.W. Skempton (1971) The publication of Smeaton’s reports, Notes & Records of the Royal Society, 26, 135-155

A.W. Skempton (1971) The Smeatonians: Duo-centenary notes on the Society of Civil Engineers. London.

A.W. Skempton (1971-72) Early members of the Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers, Trans. Newcomen Society, 44, 23-42

A.W. Skempton and others, (2002-2014) Biographical Dictionary f Civil Engineers of Great Britain and Ireland 1500-1920. 3 vols.. London: ICE Publishing.

E.C. Wright (1938) The early Smeatonians, Trans. Newcomen Society, 18, 101-110

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