The fire engineering community loses one of its early leaders

Blog Post created by kathleenalmand Employee on Sep 18, 2017

Late last month, Margaret Law died peacefully at her home in London. She was a true pioneer.


Law was known worldwide for her early foundational fire science work at the Fire Research Station in the UK. The visionary contributed to the formation and leadership structure of fire engineering consultancy at Arup, Inc.; and was highly regarded for her persistent focus on the application of science to solve practical fire engineering problems.

We, in North America, perhaps know her best for her groundbreaking work analyzing the performance of exposed structural steel in fire. Her research on this subject has many applications in the United States and Canada. Law was also an advocate for the fire engineering profession. During her impressive career, she helped to garner charter engineer status for fire engineering in the UK and was a tireless contributor to the recognition of engineering codes and standards around the globe. She was also steadfast in her efforts to make others aware of the impact that fire engineering has had on life safety. 


Margaret Law was a passionate mentor and patient teacher for many. She was a role model for me and other women in the profession at a time when there were very few of us.