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Alfred Martin Freudenthal

educator , engineer.

Alfred Martin Freudenthal, Polish educator, engineer. Recipient Norman medal American Society of Civil Engineers, 1948, 57, medal Royal Swedish Aero. Society, 1956, von Karman medal American Society of Civil Engineers, 1971.


Freudenthal, Alfred Martin was born on February 12, 1906 in Stryj, Poland. Son of Simon and Gustafa (Mueller) Freudenthal.


Civil Engineer, Technische Hochschule, Prague, Czechoslavakia, 1929, Doctor of Science in Engineering, 1930. Master of Science in Theoretical Physics, Charles U., Prague, 1930.


1 son, Pierre Simon. Came to the United States, 1947, naturalized, 1953. Design engineer reinforced concrete and steel, Prague, 1930-1934. Consultant engineering, Warsaw, Poland, 1934-1935.

From structural engineer to resident engineer Port of Tel Aviv, Palestine, 1935-1945. Consultant to chief engineer British Army, Palestine, and Transjordan, 1941-1944. Construction engineering Tel Aviv, 1945-1947.

Lecturer, later professor сivil engineering Hebrew Institute Technology, Haifa, Palestine, 1937-1949. Visiting professor theoretical and applied mechanics University of Illinois, 1947-1948. Lecturer and research consultant Columbia, 1948-1949, University of Illinois, 1948-1957.

Professor сivil engineering Columbia, 1949-1969, director Institute Fatigue and Structural Reliability, 1962-1969. Professor civil and materials engineering and director Institute Materials Engineering and Structural Reliability George Washington University, 1969-1976, professor emeritus from 1976, department chairman civil, mechanic and environmental engineering, 1970-1974. Visiting professor Federal Institute Technology, Zurich, Switzerland, 1970, 71.

Visiting professor U. Hamburg (Germany), 1975-1976. Senior scientist award German Federal Government, 1975. Construction engineering.


  • Author: Verbundstuetzen f. Hohe Lasten (Berlin), 1933. Inelastic Behavior of Engineering Materials and Structures, 1950.

    Introduction to Mechanics of Solids, 1966. Editor: Fatigue in Flight Structures, 1956. Elevated Temperature Design, 1964.

    Structural Reliability, 1972. Contributor: Handbook of Physics, 1958. Also technical and science papers сivil engineering, applied mechanic, reliability and materials.


Fellow American Society of Civil Engineers (Freudenthal medal established 1976). Member Society Rheology, International Association Bridge and Structural Engineers, International Association Navigation Congresses, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi.


Married Mary Ann Silberstein, February 9, 1939, remarried, 1972. Married second, Maria Ronay, August 24, 1962.

Simon Freudenthal

Gustafa (Mueller) Freudenthal

Mary Ann Silberstein

Maria Ronay