JOHN FRANK STEVENS: Civil EngineerCLIFFORD FOUST Book Number: 86970 Product format: Hardback
John Frank Stevens (1853-1943) was one of America's foremost civil engineers of the past 150 years, arguably the greatest and responsible for surely the most important projects of US civil engineering in the early 20th century. Self-taught and driven by a bulldog-like tenacity of purpose, he made his name his name in 1886 first with the Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railway, then in 1889 the Great Northern Railway and in 1903 the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway where he rose to vice-president. His achievements here brought him to the attention of President Theodore Roosevelt who in 1905 hired him as chief engineer for one of the greatest civil engineering projects ever - the Panama Canal, a technical challenge way ahead of its time. Subsequently he was for five years head of the US Advisory Commission of Railway Experts to Russia, where he brought his skills to bear on the huge trans-Siberian routes, effectively linking the West to the East. In addition he was involved at the highest level in the emergency works to control the Mississippi River after the disastrous flood of 1927 and the construction of the Boulder (Hoover) Dam in 1931-36. 351pp, b/w illus., 15 x 22.9cm. Indiana University Press.
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