Mr. Peter Head, UK

  At the Opening Session of the IABSE Symposium in Kobe, on September 2, 1998, Mr Klaus H. Ostenfeld, President of IABSE, presented the International Award of Merit in Structural Engineering to Mr Peter Head, UK, in recognition of "his leadership in research and design that has led to the successful application of advanced composites in civil engineering structures, including the world's first advanced composite bridges for pedestrians and vehicles as well as all-composite multi-storey buildings".

Peter Head graduated in Civil Engineering from Imperial College, London, in 1969. In the early part of his career he was involved in the review of design practice and the development of the Merrison Design Rules, before joining consultants Maunsell in 1980 as their steel bridge specialist. He has lectured widely on the design of steel highway and railway bridges, concentrating on fatigue, steel deck design and through-girder bridge behaviour. He led the design and construction of a number of major bridge projects, including the Second Severn Crossing, UK, and Kap Shui Mun, Hong Kong. During this time he took a keen interest in advanced composite materials, invented new forms of structures, and developed limit-state design methods.
Numerous professional awards have been bestowed upon Peter Head. He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1998 by Queen Elizabeth II. Since 1997, Peter Head has been Chief Executive of the European Group of Maunsell.