Buckminster Fuller

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Buckminster Fuller
BuckminsterFuller1.jpg
Buckminster Fuller, 1972-3
Born(1895-07-12)July 12, 1895
Milton, Massachusetts, United States
DiedJuly 1, 1983(1983-07-01) (aged 87)
Los Angeles, United States
OccupationDesigner, author, inventor
Spouse(s)
Anne Hewlett (m. 1917)
Children2: Allegra Fuller Snyder and Alexandra who died in childhood
The Montreal Biosphère by Buckminster Fuller, 1967

Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller (July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983) was an American architect, engineer, author, designer, inventor, systems theorist, and futurist.[1]

Fuller published more than 30 books, inventing and popularizing terms such as "Spaceship Earth", and "Synergetics".

He also developed numerous inventions, mainly architectural designs. The best known of which is the geodesic dome. Carbon molecules known as fullerenes were later named by scientists for their resemblance to geodesic spheres.

Some of his books[change | change source]

  • Nine chains to the Moon (1938)
  • Untitled epic poem on the history of industrialization (1962)
  • Ideas and integrities, a spontaneous autobiographical disclosure (1963) ISBN 0-13-449140-8
  • No more secondhand god and other writings (1963)
  • What I have learned: a collection of 20 autobiograhical essays, Chapter "How little I know", (1968)
  • Operating manual for Spaceship Earth (1969) ISBN 0-8093-2461-X
  • Utopia or oblivion (1969) ISBN 0-553-02883-9
  • Approaching the benign environment (1970) ISBN 0-8173-6641-5 (with Eric A. Walker and James R. Killian, Jr.)
  • Buckminster Fuller to Children of Earth (1972) compiled and photographed by Cam Smith, ISBN 0-385-02979-9
  • The Dymaxion world of Buckminster Fuller (1960, 1973) coauthor Robert Marks, ISBN 0-385-01804-5
  • Earth, Inc (1973) ISBN 0-385-01825-8
  • Synergetics: explorations in the geometry of thinking (1975) in collaboration with E.J. Applewhite with a preface and contribution by Arthur L. Loeb, ISBN 0-02-541870-X
  • Tetrascroll: Goldilocks and the three bears,: a cosmic fairy tale (1975)
  • And it came to pass — not to stay (1976) ISBN 0-02-541810-6
  • R. Buckminster Fuller on education (1979) ISBN 0-87023-276-2
  • Synergetics 2: Further explorations in the geometry of thinking (1979) in collaboration with E.J. Applewhite
  • Critical path (1981) ISBN 0-312-17488-8
  • Inventions: the patented works of R. Buckminster Fuller (1983) ISBN 0-312-43477-4
  • Humans in Universe (1983) coauthor Anwar Dil, ISBN 0-89925-001-7
  • Cosmography: a posthumous scenario for the future of humanity (1992) coauthor Kiyoshi Kuromiya, ISBN 0-02-541850-5
Panoramic view of the geodesic domes at the Eden Project

References[change | change source]

  1. Encyclopædia Britannica. (2007). "Fuller, R Buckminster". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Retrieved April 20, 2007.

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