Sir Basil Mott, 1st Baronet (1859-1938)
Born in Leicester in 1859, Basil Mott was later educated in Switzerland before returning home to study at the Royal School of Mines (Imperial College London). In 1886 he began working on the City and South London Railway (C&SLR) on the instigation of J. H. Greathead, the great South African engineer whose contribution to the London Underground railway was highly respected. Mott would later join forces with Sir Benjamin Baker and together they worked on the design of the Central London Railway. Later work included the extensions and rebuilding on the C&SLR and the widening of Blackfriars Bridge. A later partnership with David Hay in 1902 would see the pair working on projects such as the extension of the Central London Railway, the building of escalators in the London underground and the construction of Southwark Bridge. Astonishingly Mott was also one of the engineers in charge of the construction of the Mersey Tunnel.
On a number of occasions Mott was honoured for his outstanding contribution to civil engineering. In 1924 he was made President of the Institution of Civil Engineers and in 1930 was created a baronet. In 1932 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society (the learned society of science), a fantastic achievement for a civil engineer.