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Khan, Fazlur Rahman (03 April 1929–27 March 1982), structural engineer, was born in Dacca, Bangladesh, the son of Abdur Rahman, a scholar and mathematician, and Khadija Khanum. Khan studied engineering at the Bengal Engineering College in Calcutta, but political uprisings forced him to return to Dacca in 1950 shortly before graduation. He persuaded the University of Dacca to grant him a bachelor of engineering degree based on his previous course work. For the next two years he lectured at Dacca and worked as an assistant engineer for the highway department. In 1952 Fulbright and Pakistani fellowships brought him to the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He studied at the school for three years and earned a master of science degree in structural engineering (1952), a master of science in theoretical and applied mechanics (1955), and a doctor of philosophy in structural engineering (1955)....

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Pond, Irving Kane (01 May 1857–29 September 1939), architect and structural engineer, was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the eldest son of Elihu Bartlit Pond, a newspaper publisher and Michigan public school advocate, and Mary Barlow Allen. He was educated in Ann Arbor public schools, and he graduated from the University of Michigan in 1879 with a degree in civil engineering....

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Purdy, Corydon Tyler (17 May 1859–25 December 1944), civil engineer, was born in Grand Rapids (now Wisconsin Rapids), Wisconsin, the son of Samuel Jones Purdy, a carpenter, and Emma Jane Tyler. After attending public schools, Purdy taught in a village school for two years. He enrolled at the University of Wisconsin in 1881 but left after a year because of difficulties with his eyesight. He found employment doing railroad survey work and as a draftsman. In 1883 he returned to the University of Wisconsin, from which he graduated with a degree in civil engineering in 1885....

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Timoshenko, Stephen Prokofievitch (23 December 1878–29 May 1972), scientist, engineer, and educator, was born Stepan Prokof’yevich Timoshenko in the village of Shpotovka, near Kiev, Russia, the son of Prokop Timofeevitch Timoshenko, a surveyor and landowner, and Josefina Jacovleva Sarnevskaja. His early education was at home. In 1889 he entered the technical ...