FULLER, (Richard) Buckminster [1895-1983] -- American inventor (geodesic dome) and engineer
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.
| Royal Gold Medal of Architecture from HM the Queen |
| Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize |
| Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects |
| John Denver pens What One Man Can Do, an ode to Fuller |
| Presidential Medal of Freedom (Pres. Ronald Regan) |
| USPS issues 37˘ stamp, on the 50° anniversary of his geodesic dome patent | 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.
Bookmarks (off-site links)
- 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