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).