Arthur was educated first at Eastbourne Grammar School, then Northampton Engineering College in the years immediately following the second world war, obtaining his BSc (Engineering) from the University of London in 1950. During the war, he was in the volunteer naval reserve, rising to sublieutenant and serving on a fleet destroyer in the northern Atlantic and Arctic oceans. He spent the first six years after graduation in engineering practice, then returned to postgraduate study in London, and subsequently received his PhD from Imperial College London in 1965.
A substantial part of Arthur’s academic life was spent on staff in the Civil Engineering Department at Imperial College London, where he forged a reputation as a leading researcher and a passionate teacher, particularly to the postgraduate student cohort. His enthusiasm for understanding the behaviour of concrete structures, while not everyone’s cup of tea, was infectious. Undoubtedly he improved the profession through his research contributions, and the students he inspired to industrial and academic careers.