John Roebling


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United States engineer (born in Germany) who designed and began construction of the Brooklyn bridge (1806-1869)

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Given John Roebling's take-charge temperament, McCullough writes, "it was doubtless an infuriating experience, to be at the mercy of such elementary forces.
In the mid-19th century, ambitious engineer John Roebling dreamed of building a suspension bridge that would unite two parts of New York, then the fastest growing city in the world.
From the moment it took shape in the mind of its designer, John Roebling, it was loaded with symbolic meaning.
The fact that the Dig has no auteur, no counterparts to John Roebling and son, also speaks to contemporary taste.
First there was John Roebling, the engineer who dreamed of it, convinced the doubters that it was possible, but died before it could be started.
The true story of the conception and realization of a bridge that has become a cultural treasure is also the very human story of how John Roebling, his son, Washington Roebling, and his wife, Emily Warren Roebling, dealt with accidents and death, not to mention political corruption and greed, along with the physical and technical challenges of constructing the largest bridge in the world.
The Brown Decades pioneered the revivals of John Roebling, the builder of the Brooklyn Bridge, Albert Pinkham Ryder, the mystical artist, and Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect, in the visual world, as did his writings on literature refresh the reputations of Melville and Emerson.
Bridge-builder John Roebling and his son, Washington, who supervised most of the construction, had to fight the hardships of having to sink the foundation through caissons deep into the bedrock under New York's East River, including the dreaded bends caused by nitrogen bubbles in the bloodstream from the compressed air used to keep the waters from crushing the wooden structures; fires and explosions that set the schedule back time after tiem; bribery and corruption under the city's notorious Boss Tweed, leading to delivery of substandard building material; and the overwhelming challenge of erecting what was at the time the world's largest suspension bridge.
John Roebling's demanding, self-enforcing, and controlling personality proved to be Iris eventual death warrant.
To achieve status in any profession requires some of the same dedication and self-discipline that drove John Roebling to design the best American bridges of the mid- 19th century.
John Roebling established the suspension method as the preferred way of spanning long distances and greatly enhanced the worldwide reputation of American civil engineering.
The fact that said engineer was his father made for a complicated web of relationships; indeed, Washington and John Roeblings' lives and achievements were so intermingled that Washington's biography of his father was in part the story of his own life, much of it unhappy.