Former IGS-NA president (1997–99) and geosynthetics pioneer Dr. Richard J. Bathurst of the GeoEngineering Centre at Queen’s University and the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Election to the academies of the Royal Society of Canada is the highest honor a scholar can achieve in the arts, humanities and sciences.
The Royal of Society of Canada, in announcing the 89 fellows for 2017, said, “Richard Bathurst has made innovative and impactful contributions to the advancement and understanding of modern civil engineering geosynthetic reinforced earth retaining structures and slopes. His work demonstrates a multi-disciplinary approach to the design, analysis and sustainability of these structures. His many acclaimed contributions also include themes related to earthquake geotechnical engineering, probabilistic design, full-scale model earth structure testing, materials testing, soil-structure interaction, transparent surrogate granular soils and granular particle mechanics.”
Dr. Bathurst joins more than 2,000 Canadian scholars, artists and scientists as fellows of the society, all peer-elected as the best in their field.