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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 , Unstrut-Hainich-Kreis, Thuringia, Germany, Europe
Deceased on 22 July 1869 in , New York, New York, USA, North America
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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

Bibliography

  1. Roebling, Iris / Roebling, John A. (2006): Tagebuch meiner Reise von Mühlhausen in Thüringen über Bremen nach den Vereinigten Staaten im Jahre 1831. Mitteldeutscher Verlag, Halle/Saale (Germany), ISBN 978-3-89812-388-4.
  2. Roebling, John A. (1869): Long and short span railway bridges. D. Van Nostrand, New York (USA), pp. 2.
  3. Roebling, John A. (1867): New York Bridge Company, on the proposed East River bridge. Daily Eagle Print, New York (USA), pp. 48.
  4. Roebling, John A. (1856): Memoir of the Niagara Falls Suspension and Niagara Falls International Bridge. London (United Kingdom).
  5. Roebling, John A. (1855): Final Report of John A. Roebling, civil engineer, to the presidents of the Niagara Falls suspension and Niagara Falls international bridge companies. Steam Press of Lee, Mann & Co., Rochester (USA).

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    02/01/1999
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    22/07/2014