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Dr Ken Livesley

Subject Engineering
Fellow type Emeritus
Year started 1960


Born 1936 in Kuling, China to Missionary parents. Educated: 1938–44, Kingswood School, Bath (evacuated to Uppingham School, Rutland, for the duration of the second world war): 1944, Scholarship to St. John’s College, Cambridge, to read Mechanical Sciences (as Engineering was then called): 1947–9, Graduate Apprentice, Metropolitan Vickers Electrical Co., Trafford Park, Manchester. 1949–52, Assistant Lecturer in Engineering Mathematics, Manchester University. 1952 – 5, Staff member in Computer Centre, Electrical Engineering Dept., University of Manchester. Worked on the application of the Ferranti Mark 1 computer to various problems in Civil Engineering, some of this work being done in collaboration with A. M. Turing. 1955, PhD. 1955–93, Demonstrator, then Lecturer, Cambridge University Engineering Department: Secretary of the Faculty Board for a period during this time. 1959 –, Founding Fellow of Churchill College and one of the first two Directors of Studies in Engineering (with Dick Tizard). Later, Tutor for Advanced Students. Sometime Chairman of Trustees, Churchill College Chapel.

Publications: Books and papers on the application of computers to Engineering problems, especially to the analysis of stresses and deflections in steel structures, and more generally on Engineering Mathematics.

Hobbies: hill walking, cabinet making, photography, non-academic writing (some of which is in the College Archives).