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Bishop Lecture was established in commemoration to late Professor Alan W. Bishop, to be delivered by the world's most distinguished figures in experimental soil mechanics. The Lecture is organised as a main keynote event in each Symposium. The 1st Bishop Lecture was delivered by Professer Fumio Tatsuoka at the 5th International Symposium on Deformation Characteristics of Geomaterials in Seoul, South Korea.

Professor Alan Wilfred Bishop (1920-1988)

Professor Bishop was a British geotechnical engineer and an academic at Imperial College London. After his graduation from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Bishop worked under Alec Skempton and obtained his PhD in 1952 with his thesis title being: The stability of earth dams. He worked extensively in the field of experimental soil mechanics and developed apparatus for soil testing, such as the triaxial apparatus.

He was invited in 1966 to deliver the 6th Rankine Lecture of the British Geotechnical Association titled "The strength of soils as engineering materials".

A part of the Soil Mechanics Laboratories at Imperial College is named after him in recognition of his long time work at the College.

1st Bishop Lecture:
"Laboratory stress-strain tests for developments in geotechnical engineering research and practice"
by Professor Fumio Tatsuoka
Seoul, South Korea, 2 Sep, 2011

Professor Tatsuoka obtained his Doctoral degree from University of Tokyo in 1972. After working at Pubric Work Research Institute for five years, he joined the faculty of Civil Enginnering, University of Tokyo. He has since been a central figure in Japanese and international geotechnical community, publishing more than 200 papers in international journals only, receiving numerous awards from domestic and overseas societies, and being invited to  deliver highly renowned lectures such as Terzaghi Lecture. He is the first chairman of TC29 (current TC101). His interest spans a wide specrum of issues, including stress-strain-time and strength characteristics of geomaterials, geosynthetics, soil stabilisation and foundation designs. Currently he teaches at Tokyo University of Science.

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2nd Bishop Lecture:
"Advanced laboratory testing in research and practice" by Professor Richard J. Jardine
Paris, France, 2 Sep, 2013

Professor Richard Jardine took his degrees at Imperial College London, joining the staff in 1984, becoming Professor of Geomechanics in 1998 and Dean/College Consul for Engineering in 2012. His research covers offshore geotechnics, soil characterisation, field instrumentation, geohazards and recently, climate change impact on permafrost. His current work with INP Grenoble and Zhejiang (China) involves experimental studies of pile ageing and cyclic loading. He has published over 200 papers and sits on six International Committees. Recent keynotes covered micro-mechanical behaviour (IS-Shanghai 2010), deep foundations (Mong Lecture, Hong Kong 2011), Offshore Geotechnics (London 2012) and Advanced Soil behaviour (Zeng Lecture China 2008, Tunisia 2012 etc). Richard is a Royal Academy of Engineering Fellow (from 2002) and has won a dozen National and International Prizes. He has been a visiting Professor in Singapore, Japan and now China as a Ministry of Education Overseas Distinguished Professor. He has consulted on many major International and UK projects.

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3rd Bishop Lecture:
"Advanced testing and modelling of granular materials with and without viscous glue: Research and practical implication" by Professor Hervé di Benedetto
Buenos Aires, Argentina, 17 Nov, 2015

Professor Hervé Di Benedetto received his Diploma of Civil Engineer from the "Ecole Nationale des TPE" (ENTPE) and his PhD (1981) and Habilitation thesis (1987) from the University of Grenoble, France. Prof. Di Benedettofs research focuses on mechanical, thermo-mechanical and structural behaviour of geomaterials. He is working in the fields of soil mechanics and road engineering and teaches at ENTPE/University of Lyon. He has been the Supervisor of more than 50 PhD students and of a large volume of research works in collaboration with various private and public partners. He has published over 200 papers, books and reports. He has been frequently Invited or Keynote Speaker for international conferences and has been visiting professor of different universities in Europe, America and Asia. Among others, he chaired TC101 of the ISSMGE from 2009 to 2013 and was President from 2013 to 2015 of the International Society of Asphalt Pavement. He is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the SCI International Journal gRoad Materials and Pavement Designh.

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4th Bishop Lecture:
"Modelling and testing" by Professor David Muir Wood
Seoul, South Korea, 18 Sep, 2017

David Muir Wood graduated from Cambridge University in 1970 and completed a PhD at Cambridge in 1974 under the supervision of Peter Wroth.  He has subsequently held academic posts at Cambridge, Glasgow, Bristol and Dundee Universities. His research has ranged from laboratory testing of soils in triaxial, simple shear, true triaxial and hollow cylinder apparatus to development of constitutive models inspired by these experimental observations and physical and numerical modelling of boundary value problems on shaking table and geotechnical centrifuge.  He is presently part of an interdisciplinary team studying the mechanical interaction of soil and plant roots. He has written several books including Soil behaviour and critical state soil mechanics (1990), Geotechnical modelling (2004), Soil mechanics: a one-dimensional introduction (2009). He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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5th Bishop Lecture:
"Several challenges in advanced laboratory testing of geomaterials with emphasis on unconventional types of liquefaction tests" by Professor Junichi Koseki
Glasgow, United Kingdom, 27 Jun 2019

Professor Junichi Koseki is a professor at the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Tokyo. He was a senior researcher at the Public Works Research Institute of Ministry of Construction in Japan before joining the University of Tokyo in 1994. Professor Koseki served as chair of TC101 for term 2013-2017, and contributed immensely to its recent development. His expertise spans from highly advanced laboratory testing on deformation and strength characteristics of various geomaterials to full-scale problems such as seismic stability of structures, liquefaction and geosyntherics applications. His publications have been awarded with numerous prizes – he is a 5-time winner of Best Paper Prize of JGS (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2016) and 2-time C. A. Hogentogler Award (2000 and 2014), among many other prizes. His keynote lectures are without exception well received, including 2010-2011 Mercer Lecture, and among others, Keynote Lecture in one of our symposia, IS-Atlanta (2008). He has also been Vice President of the Japanese Geotechnical Society. He is currently Editor in Chief of the journal eSoils and Foundationsf.

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6th Bishop Lecture:
"The assessment of geotechnical properties in the information age" by Professor Carlos Santamarina
Sydney, Australia, 4 May 2022

J. Carlos Santamarina graduated from Universidad Nacional de Córdoba and completed graduate studies at the Universities of Maryland and Purdue. He taught at NYU-Polytechnic, the University of Waterloo and at the Georgia Institute of Technology before joining King Abdullah University of Science and Technology KAUST in 2015. His research team combines experimental and numerical methods to study geomaterials in the context of energy geo-science and engineering, with contributions from resource recovery to energy and waste geostorage. He delivered the 50th Terzaghi Lecture on Energy Geotechnology, was a British Geotechnical Association Touring Lecturer, is member of both Argentinean National Academies, and a recipient of ASTMfs Hogentogler Award, the Korean Geotechnical Society Award, and Saudi Arabiafs Tarek al-Qasabi Award.

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7th Bishop Lecture:
"The mechanics of coarse grained geomaterials at meso- and micro-scales" by Professor Matthew Coop
Porto, Portugal, 4 Sep 2023

Matthew has about 40 yearsf experience, concentrating on the behaviour of soils and weak rocks as revealed through high quality laboratory testing. Following industrial practice in offshore foundations and his Doctorate at Oxford University, he was instrumental in developing the research laboratory at City University, London. He moved to Imperial College in 2000, where he worked on a greater range of soils and weak rocks, notably the London clay and other important UK mudrocks. In 2010 Matthew moved to City University, Hong Kong where he established a laboratory specialising in the micro-mechanics of soils, developing new apparatus to apply discrete rather than continuum mechanics approaches. In 2016 he returned to the UK and is now at University College London. He published numerous highly-cited journal papers as well as winning many prizes; the British Geotechnical Association prize three times, the Geotechnical Research Medal of the UK Institution of Civil Engineers twice as well as George Stephenson Medal, a Telford Premium and a Best Research Paper Award of the Japanese Geotechnical Society. As you are aware, Matthew has been chairing TC101 since 2017.

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