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Biographical Sketches of John G. Parke, Jr. and the Engineers Behind the ASCE Investigation

  • Neil M. Coleman
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Abstract

The life of John G. Parke, Jr. is discussed, before and after he witnessed the breach of the South Fork dam. Most of his career and married life was spent in Monessen, PA. Biographical sketches are presented for the ASCE investigators, engineers James B. Francis, William Worthen, Alphonse Fteley, and Max Becker, outlining their professional and personal lives.

“The world of today differs from that of Napoleon Bonaparte more than his world differed from that of Julius Caesar, and this change has chiefly been made by engineering.”
  • Thomas Curtis Clarke, Engineer, quote on a historical street sign in Port Hope, Ontario

Keywords

Johnstown Flood John Parke James Francis William Worthen Alphonse Fteley Max Becker Engineering News ASCE Uldis Kaktins 1889 Neil Coleman 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neil M. Coleman
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  1. 1.Department of Energy and Earth ResourcesUniversity of Pittsburgh at JohnstownJohnstownUSA

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