'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. For 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