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Othmar Ammann

Swiss-American engineer and designer of the largest bridges of the city of New York.

Biographical Information

Name: Othmar Ammann
Full name: Othmar Hermann Ammann
Born on 26 March 1879 in Feuerthalen, Zurich, Switzerland, Europe
Deceased on 22 September 1965 in Rye, Westchester County, New York, USA, North America
Student of Wilhelm Ritter
Place(s) of activity:
1898 - 1902

Studies at the Federal Technological Institue in Zurich (Switzerland) under Wilhelm Ritter and others.

1904

Immigrates to the United States, works for Joseph Meyer, New York

1905

Assistant to the chief engineer of Pennsylvania Steel Co., cooperates on the design of the Queensboro Bridge, New York

1909 - 1912

Works for F.C. Kunz and C.C. Schneider in Philadelphia

1912

Works for Gustav Lindenthal and helps with the construction of the Hell Gate Bridge, and the Sciotoville Bridge, designs the George Washington Bridge

1925 - 1939

Director of Engineering at the Port of New York Authority

1932

Honorary Doctorate, New York University

1933

Chief engineer for the Triborough Bridge Authority under whose guidance are built: Triborough Bridge, Henry Hudson Bridge and Marine Parkway Bridge

1937

Honorary Doctorate, Pennsylvania Military Academy

1939

Opens his own engineering office

1941

Honorary Doctorate, Columbia University

1946

Teams up with Charles S. Whitney to form Ammann and Whitney

Structures and Projects

Participation in the following structures & large-scale projects:

assistant to chief engineer
bridge engineer
chief engineer
consulting engineer
design consultant
designer
senior partner

Bibliography

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Created: 29/12/1998
Last Updated: 22/07/2014