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Engineering educator

Bruno Thurlimann was Swiss structural engineering educator. Recipient Julius Adams Stratton prize, Friends of Switzerland, Inc., Boston, 1989, Ostenfield Gold Medal, Technical University Denmark, 1991, Prix Albert Caquot, Association Francaise pour la Construction, 1993.


Thurlimann, Bruno was born on February 6, 1923 in Gossau, Switzerland. Son of Josef and Alice (Braegger) Thurlimann.


Diploma in Civil Engineering, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, 1946. Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Enging., Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1951. Doctor in Civil Engineering (honorary), University Stuttgart, Germany, 1983.

Doctor of Engineering (honorary), University Glasgow, Scotland, 1997.


Research associate Brown University, Providence, 1951-1952. Research professor Fritz Engineering Laboratory, Lehigh University, 1952-1960. Professor structural engineering Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, 1960-1990, professor emeritus, from 1990.

Technical consult German Concrete Society, others.


Fellow: American Society of Civil Engineers (honorary Research Prize 1961, Norman Medal 1963, Moisseiff Award 1964, Ernest E Howard Award 1986). Member: Swiss Academy England Sciences, Swiss Engineers and Architects Society, National Academy England, International Association Bridge and Structural Engineers (pres 1977-1985, honorary pres 1985, Int Award Merit 1997), Spanish Academy England (correspondent), Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (correspondent), American Concrete Institute (honorary Alfred E Lindau Award 1996).


Married Susi Gimmel, 1953. Children: Christoph, Peter, Elisabeth.

Josef Thurlimann

Alice (Braegger) Thurlimann

Susi Gimmel

Christoph Thurlimann

Peter Thurlimann

Elisabeth Thurlimann