Joseph B. Strauss, Charles A. Ellis, and the Golden Gate Bridge: Justice at Last

The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the best-known engineering structures in the world and was the longest suspension bridge in the world for many years. Its design has generally been attributed to Joseph Strauss, but recent evidence proves that Charles Ellis was the prime designer of the bridge between 1929 and 1931. Strauss fired Ellis in late 1931 and systematically removed any mention of Ellis' name in his final report on the bridge issued in 1938. It remained for John van der Zee in his book The Gate to set the record straight. This paper makes the case that Strauss violated one of the fundamental ethical canons—that of giving credit where credit is due.


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  • Accession Number: 01154423
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 5 2010 10:31AM