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Friday, 03 January 2014 08:29

Rachid Hankour (1960-2013)

Dr. Rachid Hankour, of Harvard, Massachussets, Vice President and Director of Lab Systems at Geocomp Corporation, and Professor of the Practice at Tufts University School of Engineering, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, surrounded by his loving family, following a brief battle with cancer. Please see below for the email sent on December 20, 2013, by Dr. Allen Marr, honoring the life of his friend and colleague, reproduced here with Dr. Marr's permission. Under attachements below this article you can also find the email in pdf form.

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Thursday, 10 January 2013 13:00

Nilmar Janbu (1921-2013)


As distributed by NGI on 1/8/2013, available here.

The text and image in this article is reproduction from what has been posted on the NGI webpage and is copied here upon permission.

Professor Nilmar Janbu passed away on January 4th

Professor Emeritus Nilmar Janbu, the acclaimed scholar in geotechnical engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), passed away peacefully in Trondheim on January 4th 2013. He was 91.

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Wednesday, 31 October 2012 22:00

Dr. Jorj O. Osterberg (1915-2008)

 We are sad to announce the passing of Dr. Jorj Osterberg, a long-time Honorary ADSC Technical Affiliate Member. Dr. Jorj Osterberg passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 1st 2008.

Dr. Osterberg is one of the true pioneers of geotechnical engineering. He has long been recognized for innovations in soil sampling and testing. He is best known as the inventor of the "O-Cell". This load test devise has radically changed the way deep foundation load tests are designed, performed andinterpreted.

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Friday, 19 October 2012 21:00

Harry Bolton Seed (1922 - 1989)

Click upon the picture above for the biographical Memoir of Harry B. Seed - father of Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, writen by James K. Mitchell. Available by the National Academy of Sciences website.

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Friday, 12 October 2012 12:09

Tor L. Brekke (1934-2009)


Professor emeritus Tor L. Brekke passed away on March 6, 2009, at his home in Berkeley, CA. Born March 3, 1934, in Kristiansand in southern Norway, he graduated with the degree of Sivilingeniør (MSc) in Mining Engineering from Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim in 1958, and a Ph.D. in Geological Enginering from the same institute in 1963.  He started his academic and industry career as a Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of Technology in 1960.  In 1967 he spent a sabbatical year in Berkeley which led to his being invited to join the faculty in the Department of Civil Engineering as an Associate Professor of  Geological Engineering in 1970.  

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Friday, 12 October 2012 12:08

Robert V. Whitman (1928-2012)


By Debbie Levey
Civil & Environmental Engineering , MIT

The text below is reproduction from what has been posted on this page and is copied here upon permission.

Dear Geotechnical Colleagues:

Professor Robert V. Whitman S.M. ’49, Sc.D. ’51, an world-renowned geotechnical engineer and expert on earthquakes in MIT’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), died on February 25 at age 84.

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Friday, 12 October 2012 12:07

Richard Dillon Barksdale (1938 – 2007)


Richard (Dick) D. Barksdale was born May 2, 1938 in Orlando, Florida. He received an Associate Science degree from Southern Technical Institute in 1958, a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1962 and 1963, respectively, and a Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1966. His doctorate under his advisor Professor Gerry Leonards was completed in a record two-year timeframe. Over the next three decades, Dick's research interests would cover many areas within geotechnical and pavement engineering, including: finite element analyses, elastic theory, flexible pavement systems, ground modification, building settlements, behavior of residual soils, aggregates, and resilient modulus. 

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