Ralph B. Peck was born in Winnipeg, Canada, in He received the degrees of Civil Engineer and Doctor of Civil Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in and with the intention of becoming a structural engineer. After eight months as a structural detailer with the American Bridge Company, he attended the Soils Mechanics classes of Professor Author Casagrande at Harvard until
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Ralph B. Peck was born in Winnipeg, Canada, in He received the degrees of Civil Engineer and Doctor of Civil Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in and with the intention of becoming a structural engineer.
After eight months as a structural detailer with the American Bridge Company, he attended the Soils Mechanics classes of Professor Author Casagrande at Harvard until At this time Dr. Karl Terzaghi became a consultant to the City of Chicago for the design and construction of the Initial System of Chicago Subways and Peck became his representative on the job. He was in charge of soil testing and field observations until the work was closed down during World War II, when he became Chief Engineer of Testing on the construction of an ordnance plant in Marion, Ohio.
Professor Peck's main interest has been observation of the behavior of earth and rock during construction and under stress. He has been equally concerned with the organization and presentation of new knowledge in this field in a form useful to the practicing engineer. Mesri, and one with Walter E. Hanson and Thomas H.
Thornburn, "Foundation Engineering". Both are directed to the needs of the designer and constructor. He is the author of over technical papers, some of which have been included in the book, "Judgment in Geotechnical Engineering - The Professional Legacy of Ralph B. Peck", which appeared in and "Ralph B. In May, , he received the honorary degree of D. In he received the U. National Medal of Science from President Ford.
He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In he married Marjorie Elizabeth Truby, who died in They have two children, Mrs. Nancy Jeanne Young and Dr. James Leroy Peck, and two grandchildren. Ralph Peck died on February 18, from congestive heart failure.
Biography: Ralph B. Peck
Biography: Ralph B. Peck (1912-2008)
Yes, it is time to raise our coffee, espresso, tea, wine, beer or other beverage to toast the Father of Modern Soil Mechanics as has been our custom here at the DBA blog. Among the many stories and accounts, I found this passage recounting an incident in the late s Ch. It failed on the initial filling of the reservoir due to geological weakness in one of the rock abutments of the very thin concrete arch. Later Karl would express sever criticism of the decision to bold such a structure on a geologically inadequate site. The torments which you experienced should at least be tempered by the knowledge that the sympathies of your colleagues in the engineering profession will be coupled with their gratitude for the benefits which they have derived from your bold pioneering. Throughout the book, Goodman does an excellent job of showing the different facets of Terzaghi, and this is no exception.
He studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University in Graz , graduating in , then worked as an engineer for several years; he was awarded a doctorate in engineering by the same institution in When the war was over, he took a post —25 with Robert College, a U. Much research had been done on foundations, earth pressure, and stability of slopes, but Terzaghi set out to organize the results and, through research, to provide unifying concepts. The results were published in his most noted work, Erdbaumechanik ; Introduction to Soil Mechanics, — In he went to the United States, where—as a member of the faculty of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology , Cambridge—he worked unceasingly for the acceptance of his ideas, serving also as consulting engineer for many construction projects. At 10, Terzaghi was sent to a military boarding school, where he developed an interest in astronomy and geography.
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Karl von Terzaghi October 2, — October 25, was an Austrian mechanical engineer , geotechnical engineer , and geologist known as the "father of soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering ". Upon his father's retirement from the army, the family moved to Graz , Austria. At 10, Terzaghi was sent to a military boarding school, where he developed an interest in astronomy and geography. At age fourteen, Terzaghi entered a different military school, in Hranice , the Crown of Bohemia. He was an excellent student, especially in geometry and mathematics, and graduated with honors at In , Terzaghi entered the Technical University in Graz to study mechanical engineering , where he also developed an interest in theoretical mechanics. He was nearly expelled at one point but ended up graduating with honors in