Buckland and Taylor principal Peter Buckland writes: "I have just heard of the death of my old friend William C (Bill) Brown. Any success I may have had in my career I attribute largely to Bill's early coaching, when I worked for him in London at Freeman, Fox & Partners in the early 1960s.
"He always believed that there was a better way to do anything, and even believed that his imagination would be inhibited by looking first to see how other people had solved the same problem. On one occasion I had just put a new piece of paper on my drawing board (FF&P did not provide desks), when Dr Brown walked by and sniffed: 'Ah, a blank sheet of paper, before which all men are equal'"
"Originality was his constant theme, as witness his development with Gilbert Roberts of the revolutionary Severn Bridge, and his daring design for the great Messina Strait Bridge."
"Bill was frequently controversial and did not tolerate fools well, but overall he was a brilliant, gentle man, regarded as a legend by those of us who worked with him even though he was only just over thirty years old at the time."
"I owe a great deal to him, primarily in developing an attitude to the work of bridge engineering that encourages original thought and strives to be better, not just different."
"Bill was a giant of originality in steel, as Jean Muller was in concrete. They set the bar high. The profession has been inspired by them."