Institute of Civil Engineers, Thomas Telford Prize,
This prize, known as the Telford Prize, is the highest award of the Institution and was introduced as a result of a bequest made by Thomas Telford. Gilt examples were awarded from 1853.
George Henry Phipps went to work for the Stephensons in Newcastle in 1828, being involved in the early days
of the "Rocket" and subsequently joined Robert Stephenson, working on the London to Birmingham Railway.
Following that he spent two years working with Isambard Kingdom Brunel. His expertise was the design of bridges.
In 1862 Mr. Phipps became Engineer-in-Chief of the Western Railway of Switzerland, a line from Morges to Lausanne, and thence to Yverdun, his friend J. M. Heppel going out to superintend the works.
He also, in conjunction with that accomplished engineer, made designs for the Carlisle Bridge, Dublin, in a well-known competition ; and also for the bridge over the Brisbane, the metropolitan river of Queensland.
He was an enthusiastic attendant at the meetings of the Institution, of which he was elected a Member on the 14th of April, 1840, and until a short period before his death, took a keen interest in the discussions, in which he was a recognized and respected participator.
In addition to his important paper 'On the Resistances to Bodies passing through Water,' for which he received a Telford Medal and Premium in 1864, his contributions to the discussions occupy for citation alone a space of no less than three pages of the subject-matter index to the first fifty-eight volumes of Proceedings,
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