Professor John Atkinson is Senior Principal at Coffey Geotechnics and Emeritus Professor of Soil Mechanics at City University, London. He graduated in Civil Engineering from Imperial College in 1964. After graduation he worked with consultants and contractors in UK and Australia. He returned to Imperial College and was awarded an MSc in 1970 and a PhD in 1973 for research on soil stiffness. He was a research assistant at Cambridge University where he directed research on soft ground tunnelling and senior lecturer in Civil and Structural Engineering at University College, Cardiff. In 1980 he was appointed Reader in Soil Mechanics at City University, London and he was promoted to the Chair of Soil Mechanics in 1985. He founded the City University Geotechnical Engineering Research Centre and helped to establish the London Geotechnical Centrifuge Centre. From 1995 to 1997 he was a Royal Society Industry Fellow with Arup Geotechnics and he was a Consultant with them until 2006. He is currently advises Coffey Geotechnics as Senior Principal. John Atkinson is expert in investigation of soil behaviour and in centrifuge model testing. He has worked on the behaviour of many different soils including soft and stiff clays, carbonate and quartz sands, saprolites and tills. He has used centrifuge modelling to investigate a number of different problems including ground movements around tunnels in soft ground and drainage and stability of granular cargoes in bulk carrier ships. He has advised industry and acted as expert on diverse problems including tunnelling and shaft sinking, loadings on large buried pipes, movement of granular cargo in bulk carrier ships and determination of soil and rock parameters for design. He has lectured widely in UK and overseas. He was the Rankine Lecturer in 2000. He is author of text-books on soil mechanics and foundation engineering. He has served as Editor of Geotechnique. and as Chair of the Engineering Group of the Geological Society of London.