"Tall, of a commanding presence, with immense
physical strength and energy, with ripe engineering experience
and great originality of mind…he commanded respect and confidence
in all those who worked with him."
James Alfred Ewing on Hopkinson
|Bertram Hopkinson was the eldest son of John Hopkinson
who had died so tragically in a mountaineering accident in 1898. Having
read mathematics at Trinity in 1893-96, Bertram trained as a patent
lawyer until his father's death at which point he decided to carry
on his father's work in engineering and technological education. He
was only twenty-nine when the Chair of Mechanism and Applied Mechanics
became vacant at Cambridge, following Ewing's resignation in 1903.
He applied and was appointed, having already a considerable professional