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Henry Petroski

Born: 6-Feb-1942
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Educator, Author

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Engineering professor

Father: Henry (shipping clerk)
Mother: Victoria
Brother: Bill
Sister: Marianne
Wife: Catherine
Daughter: Karen
Son: Stephen

    High School: Queens, NY
    University: BS Mechanical Engineering, Manhattan College (1963)
    University: MS Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1964)
    University: PhD Mathematics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1968)
    Professor: University of Texas at Austin (1968-74)
    Professor: Duke University (1980-)

    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    American Society of Civil Engineers Fellow
    National Academy of Engineering
    Guggenheim Fellowship 1990-91

Author of books:
To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design (1985, nonfiction)
The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance (1990, nonfiction)
The Evolution of Useful Things (1992, nonfiction)
Design Paradigms: Case Histories of Error and Judgment in Engineering (1994, nonfiction)
Engineers of Dreams: Great Bridge Builders and the Spanning of America (1995, history)
Invention by Design: How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing (1996, nonfiction)
Remaking the World: Adventures in Engineering (1997, nonfiction)
The Book on the Bookshelf (1999, nonfiction)
Paperboy: Confessions of a Future Engineer (2002, memoir)
Small Things Considered: Why There Is No Perfect Design (2003, nonfiction)
Pushing the Limits: New Adventures in Engineering (2004, nonfiction)
Success Through Failure: The Paradox of Design (2006, nonfiction)
The Toothpick: Technology and Culture (2007, nonfiction)
The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems (2010, nonfiction)
An Engineer's Alphabet: Gleanings from the Softer Side of a Profession (2011, nonfiction)
To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure (2012, nonfiction)


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