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125 years in enr history

As ENR markes its 125th anniversary in 1999, we will present pages that look back at construction milestones over those many years. Each week, readers can relive the projects, people and issues that built our industry and changed our world, through words and images taken directly from ENR and other archives. Major projects such as Eads Bridge and Hoosac Tunnel (see below) highlighted ENR's first years. But those early issues also cover less well-known developments, from costs in the "iron trade" to the "novel method" of suspension bridge design, that also changed construction forever. George H. Frost, editor of enr's predecessor publication, closed out his first issue in 1874 with a promise that resonates today: "It is our purpose to present only such information to our readers as can be strictly relied on."


Looking back over the magazine's history, ENR editors identified these 125 people for their outstanding contributions to the construction industry since 1874. Their efforts, sigularly and collectively, helped shape this nation and the world. Each pioneered in often uncharted territory, developing new analytical tools, equipment, engineering or architectural designs. Through their companies, they also invented new means and methods for construction the built environment.

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Structural Engineers
In this civil engineering subdiscipline, several of these leaders advanced the design of bridges, but all of them influenced the art of analyzing or designing structural frames for buildings. And they demonstrated the inherent aesthetics of structural economy.
Ove Arup (1895-1988) David H. Geiger (1935-1989)
Lynn S. Beedle (1917-) George W. Housner (1910-)
Horst Berger (1928-) Jack R. Janney (1924-)
Felix Candela (1910-1997) Fazlur Khan (1928-1982)
Hardy Cross (1885-1959) Tung-Yen Lin (1912-)
Alan G. Davenport (1932-) Otto C. Mohr (1835-1918)
Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923) Pier Luigi Nervi (1891-1979)
John W. Fisher (1931-) Leslie E. Robertson(1928- )
Eugene Freyssinet (1879-1962) Charles H. Thornton (1940-)
R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) George Winter (1907-1982)


Technology & Materials Innovators
Whether grappling with problems of advanced composites, air conditioning, computer-aided design, concrete, electricity, formwork, insulation or welds, these leaders offered new methods for manipulating materials, natural phenomena and information.
Omar W. Blodgett (1917-)
Mary K. Hurd (1925- )
Willis H. Carrier (1887-1950) Michael Riddle (1948- )
Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931) Frieder Seible (1952- )
Francois Hennebique (1842-1921) Everett C. Shuman (1902-1995)
  Paul M. Teicholz (1937- )


Bridge Engineers
Nothing made by humans unifies a sweep of land, water and sky like a long-span bridge, a vapor trail set in concrete or steel. These leading designers dared to span great lengths with the most elegant, constructible and economical solutions possible.
Othman H. Ammann (1879-1966) Leon Moisseiff (1872-1943)
James Eads (1820-1887) Jean M. Muller (1925-)
Eugene C. Figg (1936-) David B. Steinman (1886-1960)
Robert Maillart (1872-1940) Man-Chung Tang (1940-)
Conde B. Mccullough (1887-1946) Michel Virlogeux (1946-)


By making civil engineering and construction engineering more enticing and comprehensible--for GIs newly returned from World War II, engineering students, liberal arts students or ghetto children--these educators broadened the industry's appeal.
David P. Billington (1927-) Robert L. Peurifoy (1902-1995)
Jack C. Mccormack (1927- ) Mario Salvadori (1907-1997)
Clarkson H. Oglesby (1908-1992)  


Civil Engineers
Civil engineering not only includes the subdiscipline of structural engineering but also equally important segments such as surveying, soils engineering, foundation construction and transportation, fields in which these leaders literally broke new ground.
Claude H. Birdseye (1878-1938) Ralph B. Peck (1912- )
Henry M. Brinckerhoff (1868-1949) John L. Savage (1879-1967)
Arthur Casagrand E (1902-1981) Leif J. 'Jack' Sverdrup (1898-1976)
Ben C. Gerwick Jr. (1919-) Karl Terzaghi (1883-1963)
William B. Parsons (1859-1932)  


Environmental & Hydraulic Engineers
These leaders in hydraulics, sedimentation, water supply and quality, wastewater treatment and hazardous waste cleanup helped insure a cleaner and healthier America, setting an example that ultimately benefitted much of the rest of the world.
Thomas R. Camp (1895-1971) Ross Mckinney (1926-)
Holly A. Cornell (1914-1997) Leonard Metcalf (1870-1926)
Harrison P. Eddy (1870-1937) David W. Miller (1929-)
Gordon M. Fair (1894-1970) Daniel Okun (1917- )
George W. Fuller (1868-1934) Ellen Swallow Richards (1842-1911)
James J. Geraghty (1920-) Hunter Rouse (1906-1996)
Allen Hazen (1869-1930) Roy F. Weston (1911-)
Joseph T. Ling (1919-) Abel Wolman (1892-1989)


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