n Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Natuurwetenskap en Tegnologie - A.B.A. Brink - baanbreker van Suid-Afrikaanse ingenieursgeologie : pioneer

Volume 26, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0254-3486
  • E-ISSN: 2222-4173


The start of the geological career of ABA (Tony) Brink coincided with a growing international awareness of the close and necessary interaction between civil engineering and geology. Working with young engineers under the inspiring leadership of Jeremiah Jennings, he soon distinguished himself as South Africa's first engineering geologist. His major technical contributions were his prominent part in unravelling the perplexing problem of sinkhole formation; the recognition of the pebble marker as an important warning against the presence of transported soils; the development of systematic soil profiling and notation; the photogrammetrical use of aerial photographs to supplement geological fieldwork; and the establishment of engineering geology at post-graduate level in South Africa. All of this culminated in his colossal , published in four volumes between 1979 and 1985, a contribution unique in its breadth, depth and continued relevance after twenty years. Tony Brink made more than technical contributions - as political activist playing a prominent part in the establishment of the Liberal Party and the political turmoil of the 1960's; as educator who established and managed two schools; and as environmentalist, musician and actor.

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