• Knight was born on March 23, 1922, in Durban, South Africa, and graduated from Parktown Boys' High School in 1939. He resumed his studies at the University of the Witwatersrand after five years in the South African Naval Forces, finishing with a BSc in Civil Engineering in 1949. He was an active student leader on the Students' Engineering Council during his university years.

    He became a senior lecturer at the University of Natal's Department of Civil Engineering in 1963 (now the University of KwaZulu Natal). In 1967, he was promoted to full professor, and he was the department's head until 1982 when he retired.

    He was well-known as a consultant on establishment design activities such as piling, ground freezing, and the foundations for multistory structures, significant mining headgears, and massive industrial homes during his professional career. He continued to work as a consultant after resigning.

    Knight died on November 2, 2018, in Durban, South Africa. He had four daughters and a son with his wife Antoinette, as well as many grandkids and great-grandchildren.