The extraordinary genius of Arthur E. Morgan

by Nhora Cortes-Comerer, Production Editor; Civil Engineering, ASCE,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1977, Vol. 47, Issue 13, Pg. 80-83

Document Type: Feature article


He saw himself as lamentably ordinary and sought to make his mark in some socially significant way. Early in the century he engineered the Miami Conservancy District-the first flood control program of its kind in the U.S. and the cornerstone of hydrologic engineering. As President of Antioch College he pioneered cooperative education and transformed dying Yellow Springs into a vibrant community. Later, as the first Chairman of TVA, he lay the foundation for the largest public works project of our century and caused small ripples by challenging President Roosevelt's prerogative to fire him. When he died, at 97, he had left an extraordinary legacy in engineering, education, and social development.

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