Stephen Wearne was a factory apprentice and 'sandwich' course student. After a postgraduate course at Imperial College he worked on the design, construction and coordination of water-power projects in Spain, Scotland and South America. In 1957 he moved to the construction and design and then contract and project management of nuclear power projects in the UK and Japan. He came to Manchester in 1964 and was one of the founders of research and teaching in project and contract management. He was Professor (now Emeritus) of Technological Management at Bradford for 11 years, and following early retirement returned to Manchester to work part-time in the MSc programmes and the Management of Projects Research Group.