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  David P. Billington
Timothy E. Bresnahan
Peter H. Diamandis

Freeman J. Dyson
George Dyson
Susan Hackwood
J. Rogers Hollingsworth
Andrew Robinson
Gino C. Segré


David P. Billington is the Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor of Engineering at Princeton University. He studied engineering there as an undergraduate and earned his BSE degree in 1950. As a Fulbright Fellow, he went on to do research and study post-war innovations in bridge construction and structural design theory at the University of Louvain and at Ghent University. Returning from Belgium, he worked for eight years as a structural designer with Roberts & Schaefer Company in New York. He joined the Princeton engineering faculty as an associate professor in 1960 and was appointed a full professor in 1964. He was named to his present chair in 1996. Professor Billington has been a consulting engineer to governments and industry for the past thirty-eight years and served as chair of the ACI (American Concrete Institute)-ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineering) Joint Committee on Concrete Shell-Design and Construction and the ASCE Committee on Aesthetics in Design of Structures. For six years, he was the Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University, and he also has served as Robert Noyce Visiting Professor at Grinnell College and a visiting professor at the Technical University of Delft, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and the Federal Technical Institute in Zurich, as well as a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar. A former member of the Executive Council of the Society for the History of Technology, he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an honorary member of the ASCE, ACI, and the International Association of Shell Structures. Professor Billington is the recipient of the ASCE’s History and Heritage Award and its George Winter Prize, the National Science Foundation’s Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award, the John B. McGovern Lecture Award in Science given by the Cosmos Club Foundation, and the Charles Zollman Award of the Prestressed and Precast Concrete Institute in addition to numerous teaching prizes. He holds honorary degrees from Union College, Grinnell, and the University of Notre Dame. In addition to more than 160 articles published in engineering journals, he is the co-author of three books: (with David P. Billington, Jr.) Power, Speed and Form: Engineers and the Making of the Twentieth Century (2006), (with Donald C. Jackson) Big Dams of the New Deal Era: A Confluence of Engineering and Politics (2006), and, most recently, (with Maria E. Moreyra Garlock) Felix Candela: Engineer, Builder, and Structural Artist, which was published by Princeton University Art Museum and Yale University Press in 2008. He is the author of seven others, including Robert Maillart’s Bridges (1979 and 1985), which won the Dexter Prize for an Outstanding Book in the History of Technology, The Tower and the Bridge: The New Art of Structural Engineering (1983 and 1985), and The Art of Structural Design: A Swiss Legacy, which was published by Princeton University Art Museum and Yale University Press in 2003.

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