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 Issue 125, 15 January 2003
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Professor Peter Hills

PROFESSOR Peter Hills OBE, FREng, FCGI died on 16 December 2002 following a long and courageous battle against cancer.

Peter Hills

He was President of the City & Guilds College Association and despite his illness, showed great commitment to the Association, providing thoughtful leadership and chairing the 'Way Forward' sub-committee to consider CGCA's response to current developments at Imperial. He was a civil engineering student from 1957-61.

A widely respected figure in transport engineering, acknowledged by high-profile guests such as Steven Norris at recent CGCA events, he wrote many books and papers which addressed problems related to the growth in transport during the last 30 years. He also made key contributions to reports for bodies such as the GLC and the Transport Research Foundation.

Peter was the youngest member of Sir Colin Buchanan's team in the early 1960s, working on the milestone report Traffic in Towns for the Ministry of Transport. Following publication, Sir Colin took up the newly established chair of transport at Imperial and invited Peter to become a lecturer. Peter was only 25 at the time.

He joined the University of Newcastle in 1977 as Professor of Transport Engineering and Director of the Transport Operations Research Group. From 1996 he was Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. His research group at Newcastle spent 12 years studying automatic toll collection technology - now highly topical in view of the forthcoming congestion charges in London.

Dr Tidu Maini, pro rector of development and corporate affairs and immediate past president of CGCA, said: "It was an honour and privilege to have known Peter for many years. His commitment and guidance will be desperately missed by all of us. Imperial is blessed with alumni who are prepared to put in an extraordinary amount of time and energy into helping the College, but Peter was exceptional in that he achieved the impossible whilst struck by terrible illness at the prime of his career."

Peter's many awards included the OBE in 1995 for services to transportation planning and research.

In 2000, he was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He leaves a widow, Lesley, and two daughters.

Adrian Winchester

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