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Fazlur Rahman Khan

structural engineer.

Fazlur Rahman Khan, Bangladeshi structural engineer. award University Ill; award 1973), American Welding Soc; award 1972, Ernest E; award 1977, named Chicago C.E.


Khan, Fazlur Rahman was born on April 3, 1929 in Dacca, Bangladesh. Son of Abdur Rahman and Khadija (Khanum) Khan.


1 daughter, Yasmin Sabina. Bachelor of Science, University Dacca, 1950. Bachelor of Science Structural Engr, University of Illinois, 1952, Master of Science in Structural Engineering, 1952, Master of Science in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, 1955, Doctor of Philosophy., 1955.

Doctor of Science (honorary), Northwestern University, 1973. Doctor of Technology Sciences (honorary), Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zurich, 1980. Doctor of Engineering (honorary), Lehigh University, 1980.

Lecturer U. Dacca, 1950-1952. Fulbright scholar, 1952-1953. Project engineer Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago, 1955-1957, senior project engineer, 1960-1965, associate partner, 1966-1970, general partner, 1970-1982.

Executive engineer Karachi Development.


Partner, 1966-1970, general partner, 1970-1982. Designer: structural system for 100-story John Hancock Center, Chgo.


  • Authority, Pakistan, 1958-1960. Adjunct Professor architecture Illinois Institute Technology, 1966-1982. Member Chicago Committee High Rise buildings, 1970.

    Chairman International Council on Tall buildings and Urban Habitat. Designer: structural system for 100-story John Hancock Center, Chicago, 110-story Sears Headquarters Bldg, Chicago, 52-story Shell Plaza Bldg, Houston. Tent roof for Haj Terminal, King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Saudi Arabia.

    Named among Construction Men of Year Engineering News Record, 1966, 69, 71, 80, Man of Year, Chicagoan of Year in Architecture and Engineering, 1970, Man of Year Engineering News-Record, 1972. Recipient Oscar Faber medal Institution Structural Engineers, London, 1973. Alumni award University Illinois, 1972.


Member American Institute Steel Construction (J. Lloyd Kimbrough medal 1973), National Academy Engineering, American Concrete Institute (Alfred E. Lindau award 1973), American Welding Society, Reinforced Concrete Research Council, American Society of Civil Engineers (Middlebrooks award 1972, Ernest E. Howard award 1977, named Chicago C.E. of Year 1972).


Married Liselotte A. Turba, August 3, 1959.

Abdur Rahman Khan

Khadija (Khanum) Khan

Liselotte A. Turba