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