Robert Mair, Baron Mair

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Mair
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Robert Mair delivering a lecture in Cambridge, February 2013
Born (1950-04-20) 20 April 1950 (age 72)[1]
Fields Geotechnical engineering
Tunnel design & construction
Institutions University of Cambridge
Institution of Civil Engineers
Geotechnical Consulting Group (GCG)
Laing O'Rourke
Scott Wilson Group
The Leys School
Alma mater Clare College, Cambridge
Thesis Centrifugal modelling of tunnel construction in soft clay (1979)
Doctoral advisor Andrew N. Schofield
Known for Jubilee Line Extension[2]
Notable awards Fellow of the Royal Society
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Robert James Mair, Baron Mair, CBE, FRS, FICE, FREng (born 20 April 1950) is a geotechnical engineer and Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He is the Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering. He was Master of Jesus College, Cambridge from 2001 to 2011 and a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge from 1998 to 2001.[3][4][5] In 2014 he was elected a vice president of the Institution of Civil Engineers and is proposed to be the Institution's President for 2017-18, its two hundredth anniversary year.[6] On 13 October 2015 his appointment to be a peer in the House of Lords was announced. He sits as a Crossbencher.[7]


Mair was educated at The Leys School in Cambridge[1] and went on to study Engineering at Clare College, Cambridge gaining a MA degree in 1975[1] and a PhD degree in 1979.[8]

Honours and awards

Mair was elected as a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE) in 1990, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) in 1992,[9] and a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2007.[10] Mair delivered the 46th Rankine Lecture of the British Geotechnical Association and was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 New Year Honours.[11] Mair has been awarded numerous research grants by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).[12]

On 29 October 2015, he was created a life peer with the title Baron Mair, of Cambridge in the County of Cambridgeshire.[13]


Robert is the son of the late William Austyn Mair, Francis Mond Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at Cambridge 1952–1983.


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  2. "BBC Radio 4 – The Life Scientific, Prof Robert Mair".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  4. List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  5. Burland, John B.; Mair, Robert James (2013). "Sir Alan Marshall Muir Wood FREng FICE. 8 August 1921 – 1 February 2009". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2013.0011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Pitcher, Greg (14 October 2015). "ICE chief becomes a peer". New Civil Engineer online. Retrieved 26 November 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Four new con-party-political peers". House of Lords Appointments Commission. Retrieved 13 October 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Mair, Robert (1979). Centrifugal modelling of tunnel construction in soft clay (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "List of Fellows". Royal Academy of Engineering.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Biography Robert Mair - website of the Royal Society
  11. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59282. p. 8. 31 December 2009.
  12. "Grants awarded to Robert Mair by the EPSRC".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. The London Gazette: no. 61399. p. 21622. 4 November 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
Academic offices
Preceded by
David Crighton
Master of Jesus College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Ian White