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Converse, Frederick James (Civil Engineer)



  • Existence: 1891 - 1987


Background: Caltech professor of soil mechanics, 1933-1962; instructor, 1921-1933.


Description: A pioneer in civil engineering, long-time Caltech faculty member, and adviser to builders, architects and contractors, Converse conducted research on the vibration compaction of sands and cohesive soils. He was a leader in professional organizations in his field and, in 1946, started a Pasadena-based engineering consulting firm.


Collection Notes: Oral History, 1978. This 27-page oral history covers Converse's personal life and his professional life at Caltech.

Photo of Frederick J. Converse (PhotoNet).

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Frederick Converse Oral History Interview with Harriett Lyle [sound recording], 1978-11-16 - 1978-11-21

Scope and Contents Interview in 1978 with Frederick Converse, professor of soil mechanics emeritus, covers his family background in upper New York State, his undergraduate education in engineering at the University of Rochester, and his professional life at Caltech. At Rochester, his mentor was Frederic W. Hinrichs, who later became dean of students at Caltech in its early years. Converse was hired as an instructor in Caltech's engineering division in 1920, by the division's first chairman, Franklin Thomas. A...
Dates: 1978-11-16 - 1978-11-21

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