The Extraordinary Genius of Arthur E. Morgan

by Nhora I. Cortes-Comerer, Production Editor; Civil Engineering—ASCE, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1977, Vol. 47, Issue 10, Pg. 114-117

Document Type: Feature article


When he died at 97, on Nov.16, 1975, Arthur E. Morgan, Hon.M.ASCE, left an unprecedented legacy in engineering, history, education, sociology, and many other subjects. In 1913, already a renowned water-control engineer, he led the Miami (Ohio) Conservancy District in a mammoth pioneer reconstruction program after the disastrous flood of 1913. Later, in 1933, he became the first chief engineer of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Both programs fostered industrial and economic regional development, while providing flood control, preventing soil erosion, and harnessing power. Considered by many a rugged individualist, he left a wealth of innovative ideas in many of his historical and social writings. His influence extended to education and he led Antioch College in implementing the idea of cooperative education. At 92, he was still putting in a 16-hour working day at Community Service, a corporation he founded in 1940 to study the needs and possibilities of small communities and social units.

Subject Headings: Social factors | Engineering education | Floods | Engineering history | Construction management | Federal government | Industries | Economic factors | United States | Miami | Florida | Ohio | Tennessee

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