'Origins of the Royal Academy of Engineering' by Peter Collins


The Royal Academy of Engineering was launched, as the Fellowship of Engineering, in 1976. It nearly didn’t happen.

​​​​​​​An Academy dedicated to engineering had been a possibility for the best part of two decades. Fo​​​​​​​​​​​​​​r far longer than that, the various professional engineering institutions in the UK had been debating how engineering could present a unified face to the world and secure the status in the national affairs that it merited. That a viable Academy emerged from such unpromising conditions was mainly down to a small group of visionary and energetic individuals.

This book, based on a wide range of archival material, analyses the problems that the Academy was intended to solve, and describes how a national academy for engineering was, eventually, accepted as the way forward. It is a fascinating episode of institutional history and human behaviour.

Read a review of the book by E&T magazine