Henry Petroski

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1942 –

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Who is Henry Petroski?

Henry Petroski is an American engineer specializing in failure analysis. A professor both of civil engineering and history at Duke University, he is also a prolific author. Petroski has written over a dozen booksbeginning with To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design and including a number of titles detailing the industrial design history of common, everyday objects, such as pencils, paper clips, and silverware. He is a frequent lecturer and a columnist for the magazines American Scientist and Prism. His most recently published book is To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure.

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Born
Feb 6, 1942
Brooklyn
Spouses
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Theoretical and Applied Mechanics
    ( - 1968)
  • Bachelor of Science, Manhattan College
    Mechanical Engineering
    ( - 1963)
Employment
  • Duke University
Lived in
  • Brooklyn
    (1942/02/06 - )
  • North Carolina
    (1980 - )

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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