Vladimir Shukhov

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Birthday
28, 1853
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Feb 2, 1939 (85)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
28, 1853
Birthplace
Russia
Death Date
Feb 2, 1939 (85)

About

Engineer-polymath and scientist who was known for his designs of lightweight towers and roofs, such as Moscow's Shukhov Tower. Paved the way for such structural-engineering breakthroughs as the first hyperboloid structures, diagrid shell structures, tensile structures, gridshell structures, oil reservoirs, pipelines, boilers, ships, and barges.

Before Fame

He graduated from the Imperial Moscow Technical School in 1876. He was taught at Imperial by such notables as Pafnuty Chebyshev, Aleksey Letnikov, and Nikolay Zhukovsky.

Trivia

He patented the Shukhov cracking process, a thermal cracking process important to the petrochemical industry.

Family Life

His father, Grigory Ivanovich Shukhov, was a government official who earned some distinction for his service in the Crimean War.

Associated With

He and Walter Gropius were contemporaries.