Bruce A. Bolt


1930 – 2005

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Who was Bruce A. Bolt?

Bruce Bolt was an Australian-born American seismologist and a professor of earth and planetary science at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Bolt was known as pioneer of engineering seismology. He served for 15 years on the California Seismic Safety Commission leading public debate on earthquake safety in that state, and acted as a consultant on major projects throughout the world. As well, Bolt published a number of popular and technical books on seismology.

His research led to construction of earthquake resilient bridges and buildings. Bolt was elected to the National Academy of Engineering "for application of the principles of seismology and applied mathematics to engineering decisions and public policy”. The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute jointly with the Seismological Society of America established an award in his name: The Bruce A. Bolt Medal. Bolt was president of the California Academy of Sciences, president of the Seismological Society of America, and chairman of the California Seismic Safety Commission.

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Feb 15, 1930
New South Wales
Also known as
  • Bruce Bolt
  • Bruce Bolt
  • University of Sydney
Jul 21, 2005

on July 23, 2013


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