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Gustav Lindenthal

German-American engineer.

Biographical Information

Name: Gustav Lindenthal
Born on 21 May 1850 in Brno, South Moravian Region, Czech Republic, Europe
Deceased on 31 July 1935 in Metuchen, Middlesex County, New Jersey, USA, North America

Apprenticeship as macon, then studies at the Polytechnicum in Dresden

1870 - 1874

Bridges in Austria and Switzerland


Immigrates to the United States

1874 - 1877

Engineer for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia

1877 - 1890

Engineering office in Pittsburgh


Moves to New York

1902 - 1903

Commissioner of New York bridges


Manhattan Bridge


Bayonne Bridge over the Kill van Kull with Othmar Ammann


(1934?) Honorary Doctoral Degrees from the German Technical School in Brünn (Brno) and Technical School in Dresden

Structures and Projects

Participation in the following structures & large-scale projects:

chief engineer
structural engineer


Relevant Publications

  • Billington, David P. The Tower and the Bridge, Princeton University Press, Princeton (USA), ISBN 069102393X, 1983; pp. 122-5
  • Billington, David P. & Payá Zaforteza, Ignacio La torre y el puente, CINTER, Madrid (Spain)
  • Billington, David P. & Schlaich, Jörg Der Turm und die Brücke, Wilhelm Ernst & Sohn Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften, Berlin (Germany), 2013
  • Petroski, Henry Engineers of Dreams, Vintage Books, New York (USA), ISBN 0679730210, 1995; pp. 122-216
  • Ricken, Herbert Der Bauingenieur, Verlag für Bauwesen, Berlin (Germany), ISBN 3345002663, 1994; pp. 223
Internal Information
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Created: 05/01/1999
Last Updated: 22/07/2014