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 Professor Dr.-Ing. Leonhardt

The curriculum vitae of Professor Leonhardt is too lengthy to be given in full detail.  The following is a condensed biography:

1909

Born in Stuttgart

1927-31

Student of civil engineering at Stuttgart University, degree of Diplom-Ingenieur

1932-33

Graduate studies at Purdue University, West-Lafayette, Indiana, USA

1934-38

Bridge engineer of the Autobahnen in Stuttgart, Berlin and Cologne

1938-41

Chief Design and Resident Engineer for the suspension bridge across the Rhine in Cologne-Rodenkirchen

1938

Degree of Doctor of Engineering, Stuttgart University

1939 to present

Consulting engineer, chiefly for bridges and difficult civil engineering structures

In charge of the design or on an advisory basis for 10 more bridges across the Rhine, among them the first really slender hollow-box beam of large span in Cologne-Deutz (slenderness ratio of 1/d = 56), further suspension bridges at Cologne-Mülheim and cable-stayed bridges in Düsseldorf and Mannheim

1949 and following

Development of new system for prestressed concrete, one with large concentrated cables.  Design of the first hyperstatic and long span prestressed concrete bridges (96 meters span in 1950) and the first prestressed concrete railroad bridge in Germany.  New construction methods for prestressed concrete bridges.

1953

Design of Stuttgart Television Tower, first example of high-rise concrete towers with tower restaurant.  Later design of several other TV and telecommunication towers, such as the Frankfurt TV tower with a transmitter floor on top having a diameter of 59 meters.

since 1953

Development of new systems for suspension and cable-stayed bridges of very long spans with full aerodynamic stability and considerable savings compared with traditionally bridge designs.

Bridge designs for many countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Austria, Switzerland, Pakistan, India, Japan and USA.

Structural development and analysis for large span tent-like roofs with steel rope network (German Pavilion Expo 1967 in Montreal and Olympic Games, Munich 1972).

1958-74

Professor at Stuttgart University, Institute for Concrete Structures.

Research work mainly on shear and torsion of reinforced and prestressed concrete at the Otto-Graf Institute at Stuttgart University.

1967-68

Rector (President) of Stuttgart University.

Author of several technical books and many scientific papers and research reports.

Member of national and international scientific committees and associations.

The following are among the many honors Professor Leonhardt has received:

1953

Ehrenmünze of the VDI (Verein Deutscher Ingenieure)

1961

Fritz-Schumacher-Preis

1965

Goldene Ehrenmünze of the Österreichische Ingenieur-und-Architekten-Verein

1965

Werner-von-Siemens-Ring, the highest German honor in the field of technical achievement

1967

Emil-Mörsch-Denkmünze

1968

Medaille dOr Gustave Magnel, Belgium

1972

Dr.Ing.E.h. of the Technical University Braunschweig

1972

Honorary Member of the American Concrete Institute

1973

Grashof-Denkmünze, the highest honor of the VDI

1974

Dr.techn.h.c. of the Technical University of Denmark

1974

Feyssinet-Medal of the Fédération Internationale de la Précontrainte (FIP)

1974

Distinguished Service Award of Oregon State University, USA

1975

Gold Medal of the Institution of Structural Engineers, London

1977

First Honorary Member of the Comité Euro-International du Béton (CEB)

1977

Gold Medal and Honorary Member of the A.I.C.A.P., Italy

1978

Honor Award of the Washington Roadside Council, USA

1979

Award for Engineering Excellence, American Consulting Engineers Council  (Both of the above for the Intercity Bridge between Pasco and Kennewick over the Columbia River, Washington, USA.)

1979

Honorary Member of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE)

1980

Grosses Verdienstkreuz des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Grand Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany)

1980

Honorary Doctor of Engineering, Purdue University, Indiana, USA.

1980

Dr.h.c. of the University of Liége, Belgium

1981

International Award for Structural Engineering, International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE)

1982

Gold Medal of Merit, State of Vienna, Austria

1982

Honorary Member of the Academy of Sciences, Heidelberg

1983

Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Engineering, USA

The University of California, Berkeley
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Structural Engineering Slide Library, W. G. Godden, Editor
Set H:  Structures of Leonhardt, Andrä and Partners

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