Jerry Connor

We are saddened to announce the death of Professor Jerry Connor on 31 March 2024.

Jerry's contribution to the founding and development of the Wessex Institute was crucial for WIT to grow into a renowned institution with its own campus. His support was always there – even during the initial and difficult times – and Jerry continued to serve as a member of the WIT Board of Directors until his death. His input was invaluable, as he had an unusual ability to predict evolving trends and directions for research when they are not yet evident to most other scientists.

A visionary in the field of civil engineering, Jerry’s career was marked by ground-breaking research, transformative contributions to education, and an unwavering commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge in his field.

Born with an insatiable curiosity and a passion for problem-solving, Jerry embarked on his journey in the field of engineering with an unyielding determination to make a difference. Graduating with top honours from renowned institutions, he quickly made a name for himself as a scholar with exceptional promise.

Throughout his illustrious career, Jerry’s research spanned a wide array of topics, from structural dynamics and earthquake engineering to computational mechanics and beyond. His pioneering work in numerical methods revolutionized the way engineers approach complex problems, laying the groundwork for countless advancements in the field.

One of Jerry’s most notable contributions came in the realm of finite element analysis, where his innovative techniques and algorithms became standard tools for engineers worldwide. His insights into structural dynamics not only enhanced our understanding of how buildings and bridges behave under various loads but also led to more robust and resilient designs that stand the test of time.

Beyond his ground-breaking research, Jerry was also a dedicated educator, shaping the minds of future generations of engineers with his wisdom and passion. As a professor, mentor, and advisor, he inspired countless students to pursue excellence and strive for greatness in their own careers. His commitment to fostering a culture of innovation and inquiry left an indelible mark on the academic community.

Jerry’s influence extended far beyond the walls of the classroom. He was a sought-after collaborator and consultant, lending his expertise to projects of global significance. From designing safer structures in earthquake-prone regions to developing advanced materials for aerospace applications, his work had a tangible impact on the world around him.

Throughout his life, Jerry received numerous accolades and honours for his contributions to the field of engineering. From prestigious awards recognizing his research achievements to honorary degrees celebrating his dedication to education, he was widely celebrated as a pioneer and a visionary.

But perhaps the most enduring legacy of Prof. Jerome J. Connor lies in the countless lives he touched and the countless minds he inspired. His passion for knowledge, his commitment to excellence, and his unwavering belief in the power of engineering to change the world continue to inspire generations of engineers to push the boundaries of what is possible.