David B. Steinman

Structural engineer, Architect

1886 – 1960


Who was David B. Steinman?

David Bernard Steinman was an American structural engineer. He was the designer of the Mackinac Bridge and many other notable bridges, and a published author. He grew up in New York City's lower Manhattan, and lived with the ambition of making his mark on the Brooklyn Bridge that he lived under. In 1906 he earned a bachelor's degree from City College and in 1909, a Master of Arts from Columbia University and a Doctorate in 1911. He was awarded the Franklin Institute's Louis E. Levy Medal in 1957.

David Steinman built bridges in the United States, Thailand, England, Portugal, Italy, Brazil, Haiti, Puerto Rico, Canada, Korea, Iraq and Pakistan . He had a literary bent, and was a published author with several books, articles in advancement of his craft, and even had children's books and poetry to his credit.


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Jun 11, 1886
New York City
Also known as
  • David Steinman
  • Columbia University
    Bridge engineering
    ( - 1911)
  • City College of New York
    ( - 1906)
  • Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Idaho
    ( - 1914)
  • Gustav Lindenthal
    (1914 - 1920)
  • Professor of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, City College of New York
    (1920 - 1920)
Aug 21, 1960

on July 23, 2013