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John A. Roebling

German-born American civil engineer known for his suspension bridges.

Biographical Information

Name: John A. Roebling
Full name: John August Roebling
Born on 12 June 1806 in Mühlhausen, Unstrut-Hainich-Kreis, Thuringia, Germany, Europe
Deceased on 22 July 1869 in Brooklyn, New York, New York, USA, North America
Father of Washington Roebling
Father-in-law of Emily Warrren Roebling
Place(s) of activity:

Leaves Germany for to the United States with a group of German settlers to live in an idealistic community


Arrives in Philadelphia;
Settles in Saxonburg, Pennsylvania;
Works as a waterway and railway engineer


Begins manufacturing wire rope in Saxonburg

1844 - 1845

Repairs canal bridge over the Allegheny at Pittsburgh, his first use of air spinning method for the suspension cables


Roebling wire company in Trenton, New Jersey


Proposes to lay a transatlantic cable for better communication between Europe and America


Construction of the Cincinnati-Covington Bridge completed.


Construction of the East River Bridge (Brooklyn Bridge) begins, Roebling's foot gets crushed by the piling of a dock, he dies of lockjaw several days later

Structures and Projects

Participation in the following structures & large-scale projects:

chief engineer


Relevant Publications

Internal Information
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Created: 02/01/1999
Last Updated: 22/07/2014