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Biographical entry Lay, Maxwell Gordon (1936 - )


14 October 1936
Civil engineer


Maxwell Lay was Executive Director of the Australian Road Research Board before moving to VicRoads in 1989. He later became an independent Reviewer for the Melbourne City Link Project, Principal of Sinclair Knight Merz, Professorial Associate at the University of Melbourne and Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria.



Education - Bachelor of Civil Engineering (BCE) completed
Education - Master of Engineering Science (MEngSc) completed
Career position - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed
1965 - 1968
Career position - Engineer-in-charge of major steel structures for the State Electricity Commission of Victoria
1968 - 1975
Career position - Engineering Research Manager at BHP
1975 - 1988
Career position - Executive Director of the Australian Road Research Board
Award - W. H. Warren Award 1980, Civil Engineering College, Institution of Engineers Australia
1989 - 1993
Career position - Quality and Technical, VicRoads
1994 - 1996
Career position - Director of Major Projects at VicRoads
1995 - 1996
Career position - President of the Royal Society of Victoria
1 January 2001
Award - Centenary Medal, for service to Australian society in civil and structural engineering
13 June 2005
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM), for service to engineering, particularly through leadership in the delivery of quality road infrastructure and the development of new contract management processes, and as an educator and historian.

Related Awards

  • W. H. Warren Medal (1926 - )

    Awarded W. H. Warren Medal 1980, for paper "Elastic Buckling and Structural Reality." Civ.Eng. Trans. IEA, Vol.CE22, 1980, pp186-192

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Published resources


  • Lay, M. G., Strange ways (Crows Nest (N.S.W.): EA Books, 2010), 254 pp. Details

Conference Papers

  • Lay, M. G., 'The history of roads in Australia', in 200 years of transport - what future?: a mini symposium, Brisbane. 28 September 1988 (Brisbane, Queensland: Institution of Engineers, Australia. Queensland Division, 1988), p. 14.. Details

Journal Articles

  • Lay, M. G., 'History of Australian Roads', Accounting History Newsletter, 12 (Winter) (1986), 23-25. Details


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Digital resources

Lay, Maxwell G. Portrait


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