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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:
1830

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

1831

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

1841

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

1849

Roebling wire company in Trenton, New Jersey

1850

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

1867

Construction of the Cincinnati-Covington Bridge completed.

1869

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
consultant
designer

Bibliography

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