Tony Waltham: profile

Academic record
1942: Arrived on planet Earth.
1960-63: BSc, ARCS in Geology, at Imperial College, London.
1963-68: PhD, DIC in Mining Geology, at Imperial College, London University
— thesis: Origins of the Massive Sulphide Deposits at Folldal, Norway.
2001-19: Editor of Mercian Geologist.
2001-date: Editorial Board Member for Geology Today.
2003-06: President of British Cave Research Association.

1978: Fellowship of Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, and Travel Award.
1981: Royal Geographical Society Cuthbert Peake Award.
2000: Honorary Membership of British Cave Research Association.
2015: Bisat Medal from the Yorkshire Geological Society.
2015: Glossop Medal from the Engineering Group of the Geological Society.
2016: Halcrow Medal, from the Geologists’ Association

Teaching experience
1968-04 Senior Lecturer in Engineering Geology at Nottingham Trent University
— teaching and research supervision in rock engineering for BSc, BEng and MSc students.
1980-99 Director, geological study tours to USA, Italy, Iceland, Jordan, Syria, Alaska, Kamchatka.
1966-79 Part-time tutor at Open University
1971-90 Part-time lecturer in Department of Adult Education, Nottingham University.

Research interests
Processes of ground subsidence and catastrophic failures, notably sinkholes in limestone karst.
Stability of rock over ground cavities; recognition of geological loading parameters in ground collapse.
Geological influences on landform development limestone karst, in the Yorkshire Dales and elsewhere.
Worldwide experience of geomorphology and engineering on limestone karst.
Expedition experience in Nepal, China, Tibet, Iran, Canada, Jamaica, Sarawak, Greece, Russia, etc.

Some of the consultancy contracts
Investigations of karst hazards for new transport links in Ireland, South Africa and South Korea.
Investigation of sinkhole hazards for major oil and gas pipelines across gypsum karst in Turkey.
Exploration of caves and sinkholes in limestone for new water resources in Java, Indonesia.
Evaluations of karst and cave conservation sites in UK, Ireland, China and Vietnam.
Rockface stabilisation, by roped access, of limestone cliffs in Cheddar Gorge, UK.
Stability investigation of sandstone cliffs and caves in Nottingham, UK.

Current situation
Now retired and into a quieter life. No longer accepting consultancy work nor involved in any
regular teaching, but normally available for lecture presentations on request.
Travelled widely with my wonderful wife Jan, until she died in 2023.
Since then, continuing to take positions lecturing on the cruise ships.

Last updated May 2023