Panama's Forgotten Designer: John Frank Stevensby Catherine R. Taylor, Sr.; Ridgewood H.S., Ridgewood, NJ,
Serial Information: Engineering Issues: Journal of Professional Activities, 1973, Vol. 99, Issue 4, Pg. 465-480
Document Type: Journal Paper
John Frank Stevens was the Panama Canal's second Chief Engineer. He planned and started the canal's construction, yet he has seemingly been forgotten in historical accounts of the building of the canal. For the most part, Stevens' work at the canal is studied in the paper. This includes his appointment, the initial improvements he made in the working conditions, preparations to start construction, his involvement in the question of canal type, problems which developed as the work progressed, and finally, when he felt he had carried out his responsibilities, his decision to resign. Some attention is also given to Stevens' background before his appointment as well as his accomplishments after he left Panama.
Subject Headings: Distinguished engineers | Canals | Construction management | Developing countries | Working conditions | Historic buildings | Panama | Central America
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