Othmar Ammann Civil engineer

Othmar ammann

Othmar Hermann Ammann (March 26, 1879 – September 22, 1965) was a Swiss-American structural engineer whose designs include the George Washington Bridge, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and Bayonne Bridge. Othmar Ammann was born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland in 1879. His father was a manufacturer and his mother was a hat maker. He received his engineering education at the Polytechnikum in Zürich, Switzerland. He studied with Swiss engineer Wilhelm Ritter. In 1904, he emigrated to the United States, spending his career working mostly in New York City. In 1905 he briefly returned to Switzerland to marry Lilly Selma Wehrli. Together they had 3 children- Werner, George, and Margaret- before she died in 1933. In 1924, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He then married Karly Vogt Noetzli in 1935 in California. Ammann wrote two reports about bridge collapses, the collapse of the Quebec Bridge and the collapse of the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge (Galloping Gertie). It was the report that he wrote about the failure of the Quebec Bridge in 1907 that first earned him recognition in the field of bridge design engineering.

Personal details

Date of birth
March 26th, 1879
Nationality
Switzerland,United States of America
Date of death
September 22nd, 1965 at age of 86
Place of death
Rye
Religion
Protestantism

Education

1. ETH Zurich Colleges/University

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (German: Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich) or ETH Zürich (ETHZ) is an engineering, science, technology, mathematics and management university in the City of Zurich, Switzerland. Like its sister institution École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), it is an integral part of the ETH Domain that is directly subordinate to Switzerland's Federal Department of Home Affairs.

Type Public university
Founded
1855
Headquarters
Rämistrasse 101, 8092 - Zürich, Canton of Zürich
Undergraduates
2012. 8,137
Postgraduates
2012. 8,497
Local tuition
2013. 1.16 K SFr.
Official web page www.ethz.ch
Wikipedia article

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender

People attended ETH Zurich connected by profession and/or age

b. 1927., Civil engineer
b. 1872., Civil engineer
b. 1875., Physicist
b. 1884., Physicist
b. 1877., Politician
b. 1884., Chemist
b. 1878., Mathematician
b. 1880., Architect

Employments

Company Founded Positions
MTA Bridges and Tunnels
Official site
Gustav Lindenthal
1918 - 1925
1914
Other people associated with Gustav Lindenthal
Structural engineer
Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
1921
Official site
Other people associated with Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Organizations founded

1. Ammann & Whitney

Structural engineering

Date funded

1946

Official web page

Cofounders

Charles S. Whitney

Headquarters

96 Morton Street, 10014 - New York City, New York

Wikiedia article

Ammann & Whitney is a full-service architecture and engineering firm that provides design and construction services for public and private sector projects. The work of the firm includes new construction, renovations and adaptive reuse/historic preservation, interior design and sustainable design.

Architecture

1. George Washington Bridge

Suspension Bridge
129
Opened October 24th, 1931
Geolocation
40.851589,-73.952483
Structure height 184.0 meters
Wikipedia article

2. Wards Island Bridge

Lift Bridge
9230
Opened May 18th, 1951
Geolocation
40.786293,-73.937409
Wikipedia article

3. Throgs Neck Bridge

Suspension Bridge
248
Opened January 11th, 1961
Geolocation
40.801667,-73.793333
Structure height 109.7 meters
Wikipedia article

4. Walt Whitman Bridge

Suspension Bridge
3059
Opened May 16th, 1957
Geolocation
39.905278,-75.129722
Structure height 115.2 meters
Wikipedia article

5. Verrazano–Narrows Bridge

Suspension Bridge
310
Opened November 21st, 1964
Geolocation
40.606389,-74.045556
Structure height 211.0 meters
Wikipedia article

6. Goethals Bridge

Cantilever Bridge
294
Opened June 29th, 1928
Geolocation
40.635833,-74.196944
Wikipedia article

7. Bronx–Whitestone Bridge

Suspension Bridge
3597
Opened 1939
Geolocation
40.800833,-73.830556
Structure height 115.0 meters
Wikipedia article

8. Bayonne Bridge

Compression arch suspended-deck Bridge
1314
Opened November 15th, 1931
Geolocation
40.642043,-74.141965
Structure height 81.08 meters
Wikipedia article

Awards won

1964 National Medal of Science for Engineering

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
For a half-century of distinguished leadership in the design of great bridges which combine beauty and utility with bold engineering concept and method.

Namesakes

1.Ammann & Whitney

Structural engineering Business
Ammann & Whitney is a full-service architecture and engineering firm that provides design and construction services for public and private sector projects. The work of the firm includes new construction, renovations and adaptive reuse/historic preservation, interior design and sustainable design.
Founded Headquarters Official website
1946
96 Morton Street, 10014 - New York City, New York

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