Baltzar Broms was born in Örebro, Sweden on 17 June 1928.
Professor Broms obtained his C.E. degree from Chalmers Institute
of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden 1952. He completed his postgraduate
studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana, where he obtained
M.S. in 1954 and Ph. D. in 1956.
worked as a Research Engineer in the Shell Development Company in
Houston, Texas from 1956 to 1959. In 1959 he joined Cornell University,
Ithaca, New York as an Associate Professor. He returned to Sweden
in 1964 to take up the position of Director General of the Swedish
Geotechnical Institute, Stockholm. From 1974 to 1982 he was Professor
of Soil and Rock Mechanics at the Royal Institute of Technology,
Stockholm. He joined the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
in 1983, and was Professor and Head of the Division of Geotechnics
and Surveying until his retirement at the end of 1995.
Bengt Broms has actively served the international geotechnical community
in numerous capacities, including Vice-President for Europe (1977-81)
and President (1985-89) of the International Society of Soil Mechanics
and Foundation Engineering (ISSMFE).
Broms' research includes cracking in reinforced concrete members,
lateral resistance and buckling of piles, lateral earth pressures
due to compaction, vibratory compaction, lime columns, negative
skin friction, precast concrete piles, fabric-reinforced earth structures,
penetration testing and landslide stabilisation.