Who was Peter Isaac?
From 1940 to 1945, Peter Isaac worked as a Civil Engineer on the Great Western Railway. In 1946, he was appointed Lecturer in Civil Engineering at King’s College, Newcastle (which became the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1963). He was responsible for developing postgraduate and undergraduate courses in public health engineering, becoming the first professor of public health engineering in the UK in 1964. In 1970, he became Head of the Department of Civil Engineering at Newcastle, retiring in 1981.
In 1973, Peter became a partner in Watson Hawksley, the international consultants in public health engineering, retiring in 1983. Peter served on the Council of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 1968-80. He has served as Specialist Advisor to two committees of the House of Lords – in 1980-81 on hazardous waste, and 1982 on water. He served on several committees of the Science and Engineering Research Council in the 1970s and 80s.
He was BOHS’ first Honorary Secretary and became President in 1962, serving as our representative on the Industrial Health Advisory Committee from 1959 to 1966. He was also awarded the Bedford award on its inception in 1978 along with David Hickish.