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FULLER, (Richard) Buckminster [1895-1983] -- American inventor (geodesic dome) and engineer

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Of his 25 U.S. patents, his most familiar is the geodesic dome, the lightest, strongest, and most cost-effective structure ever devised. It is able to enclose more space without internal support than any other structure.

He documented the feasibility of a dome two miles in diameter that would enclose mid-town Manhattan in a temperature-controlled environment, and pay for itself within ten years from the savings of snow-removal costs alone.

His father-in-law was the architect and muralist, James Monroe ¤Hewlett.  -30-
 

Chronology

1968
Royal Gold Medal of Architecture from HM the Queen
1969
Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
1970/01/16
Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects
1980/07/12
John Denver pens What One Man Can Do, an ode to Fuller
1983/02/23
Presidential Medal of Freedom (Pres. Ronald Regan)
2004/07/12
USPS issues 37˘ stamp, on the 50° anniversary of his geodesic dome patent

Selected Works

  • BUCKMINSTER FULLER TO CHILDREN OF EARTH : Text by Fuller, compiled and photographed by Cam Smith. Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York. ©1972.
  • THE DYMAXION WORLD OF BUCKMINSTER FULLER : With Robert W. Marks. Anchor Press, Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York. ©1960.
  • OPERATING MANUAL FOR SPACESHIP EARTH : E.P. Dutton & Co., New York. ©1963, 1971.
  • R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER ON EDUCATION : Edited by Robert Kahn and Peter Wagschal, University of Massachusetts Press Amherst, MA. ©1979.
  • SYNERGETICS: EXPLORATIONS IN THE GEOMETRY OF THINKING : In collaboration with E.J. Applewhite. Introduction and contribution by Arthur L. Loeb. Macmillan Publishing Company, Inc., New York. ©1975.
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    Associated

    • Grandaunt: ¤FULLER, Margaret, Marchioness Ossoli [1810-1850] American critic and social reformer
    • Father-in-law: ¤HEWLETT, James Monroe [1868-1941] American mural painter and architect

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