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Friday, December 15, 2006

Born This Day: Gustave Eiffel

Dec. 15, 1832 – Dec. 28, 1923

Eiffel was a French civil engineer who specialised in metal structures, known especially for the Eiffel Tower in Paris. His work includes designing the rotatable dome for Nice Observatory on the summit of Mont Gros (1886), and the framework for the Statue of Liberty now in New York Harbour.

After building the Eiffel Tower (1887-9), which he used for scientific research on meteorology, aerodynamics and radio telegraphy, he also built the first aerodynamic laboratory at Auteuil, outside Paris, where he pursued his research work without interruption during WW I.

An Ode To Eiffel: