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Biographical Information

Name: Emil Mörsch
Born on 30 April 1872 in , Reutlingen (Kreis), Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Europe
Deceased on 29 December 1950 in , Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Europe
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Place(s) of activity:
1890 - 1894

Studies at the Technical School of Stuttgart

Short Biography of Emil Mörsch

Emil Mörsch studied civil engineering at Stuttgart TH from 1890 to 1894. Upon graduating he worked as a senior civil servant and superintendent in the Ministerial Department for Highways & Waterways, and afterwards was employed in the bridge unit of Württemberg State Railways. He joined the Wayss & Freytag company in Neustadt, Palatinate, in early 1901 and it was here, commissioned by the company, that he published the first edition of his book Der Betoneisenbau. Seine Anwendung und Theorie, which later underwent numerous reprints (substantially enlarged) under the title of Der Eisenbeton. Seine Theorie und Anwendung. This book set standards in reinforced concrete writing during the consolidation period of structural theory. Its theory based on practical trials made it the standard work of reference in reinforced concrete construction for more than half a century. In 1904 Mörsch was appointed professor of theory of structures, bridge-building and reinforced concrete construction at Zurich ETH. However, four years later he returned to the board of Wayss & Freytag AG. From 1916 onwards, Mörsch worked as professor of theory of structures, reinforced concrete construction and masonry arch bridges at Stuttgart TH. He adhered rigorously to elastic theory for designing reinforced concrete components right up until his death. Among his numerous honours are honorary membership of the Concrete Institute (today: Institution of Structural Engineers) (1913) and honorary doctorates from Stuttgart TH (1912) and Zurich ETH (1929).

Main Contributions to Structural Analysis

  • Der Betoneisenbau. Seine Anwendung und Theorie [1902];
  • Berechnung von eingespannten Gewölben [1906];
  • Der Eisenbetonbau. Seine Theorie und Anwendung [1920]

Source: Kurrer, Karl-Eugen The History of the Theory of Structures, Wilhelm Ernst & Sohn Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften GmbH, Berlin (Deutschland), ISBN 3-433-01838-3, 2008; p. 751-752

Structures and Projects

Participation in the following structures & large-scale projects:

checking engineer
design engineer
structural engineer



  1. Mörsch, Emil (1950): Determinacion del momento de rotura en vigas de hormigón pretensado. In: Hormigón pretensado, v. 1, n. 3 (2nd Quarter 1950), pp. 11-16.
  2. Mörsch, Emil (1935): Les prescriptions officielles et les règlements pour les constructions en béton armé en France et à l'Étranger: Allemagne. In: Travaux, n. 36 (December 1935), pp. 441-444.
  3. Mörsch, Emil (1933): Le nouveau pont sur le Neckar près de Heilbronn. In: Construction et Travaux Publics, n. 9 (September 1933), pp. 421-424.
  4. Mörsch, Emil / Bay, Hermann / Deininger, Karl / Leonhardt, Fritz (1958): Brücken aus Stahlbeton und Spannbeton. Entwurf und Konstruktion. 6th edition, Stuttgart (Germany).

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