Fuller, R. Buckminster

R. Buckminster Fuller
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Richard Buckminster Fuller (July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983), an acknowledged polymath, was perhaps most famous for his invention and development of geodesic domes. He invented numerous other machines and devices, often relying on his insights gained from his geometric understanding of the way forces are distributed.

He had twenty-eight US patents. As a writer Fuller published more than 30 books. He contributed to ecological thought with his book Spaceship Earth and was widely sought after as a speaker.

President Reagan awarded Fuller the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Among his many awards and honorary doctorates, Fuller was awarded The Lincoln Academy of Illinois Order of Lincoln in the area of The Arts in 1967.


Buckminster Fuller Institute

Books (PDFs)

Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth, 1969

Synergetics: Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking, with E. J. Applewhite 1975, 1979

Everything I Know – transcript of the historic 42-hour lecture session in January, 1975

The Library of Congress

Original Geodesic Home Plans, Carbondale, Illinois
This home was owned and lived in by Buckminster Fuller and his wife, Anne. He wrote twelve of his books and secured six of his patents while there.

Missouri Botanical Gardens Geodesic Dome Greenhouse

Douglas, Paul Howard

Adams, Roger

Ackermann, William Carl

William Carl Ackermann was a “… professor of civil engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. It was during his years in Illinois that Professor Ackermann made his most valuable contributions to the field of water resources.

In 1963 he accepted a one-year special assignment on the While House staff in Washington, D.C. as technical assistant in the Office of Science and Technology. Executive Office of the President, where he chaired the Committee on Water Resources Research. He strongly advocated the establishment of water resources institutes in fifty states, and this was enacted by Congress in 1964. He continued to serve the Executive Office of the President in various capacities from 1964 to 1984, and was vice-chairman of the Acid Rain Peer Review Panel. He was proud of his service in the White House and was seldom seen without the PT 109 tie clip given to him by President Kennedy.” (from William C. Ackerman 1913 – 1988, William J. Hall, W. Hall C. Maxwell, and Glenn E. Stout, submitted by William J. Hall, p. 4, https://www.nap.edu/read/1760/chapter/2#4)