This volume of selected papers by Professor A W Skempton is published to mark his 70th birthday on 4th June 1984.
In making the selection of papers we aimed to show Skempton's breadth of interest and achievement int he general field of soil mechanics and to include papers that the practising engineer, research worker and student will find of value to have to hand. For the early papers the selection was influenced by a historical interest in addition to intrinsic merit. As well as advancing the subject they reflect and are, on occasion, constrained by what was known at the time. This is well illustrated by the development of effective stress ideas int he context of the stability of slopes.
The chosen papers are reproduced chronologically, all but two falling neatly into three subject groups: soil properties, stability of slopes, and foundations.