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Samuel C. Florman


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Samuel C. Florman (born January 19, 1925) is an American civil engineer, general contractor and author. He is best known for his writings and speeches about engineering, technology and the general culture. The most widely distributed of his seven books[1] is The Existential Pleasures of Engineering, published in 1976, second edition in 1994. According to one authority, “It has become an often-referred-to modern classic.”[2] His most recently published book is Good Guys, Wiseguys and Putting Up Buildings: A Life in Construction, published in 2012.

Samuel C. Florman
Born (1925-01-19) January 19, 1925 (age 96)
Occupation Author, Civil Engineer
Alma mater Dartmouth College, B.A., C.E.
Columbia University, MA
Genre Non-fiction, Fiction, Memoir
Subject Engineering, Relationship between technology and the general culture
Notable works The Existential Pleasures of Engineering, and six other books
Judith Hadas

(m. 1951)

Children Two sons; Five Granddaughters

Florman is Chairman of Kreisler Borg Florman General Construction Company, Scarsdale, New York.

In 1995 he was elected [3] to the National Academy of Engineering “For literary contributions furthering engineering professionalism, ethics and liberal engineering education.”[4]

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Samuel C. Florman was born and raised in New York City where he attended the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. He entered Dartmouth College with the Class of 1946,[5] which because of the outbreak of war, started studies in the summer of 1942. The following year he enlisted in the Navy V-12 program at Dartmouth, continued his studies while on active duty, and received the BS degree, summa cum laude in November 1944. He took graduate courses at Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering until February 1945 when he was sent to the Civil Engineer Corps officers training school in Davisville, Rhode Island. On May 5, 1945 he was commissioned as an ensign and assigned to a program of military training. For a year, starting in August 1945, he served with the 29th Construction Battalion (the Seabees)[6] supervising construction work in the Philippines and Truk. Returning to civilian life in the fall of 1946 he entered graduate school at Columbia University and earned an MA degree in English Literature (June 3, 1947). He started work as a construction engineer in the summer of 1947 while taking graduate engineering courses at night at New York University. In subsequent years he earned his license to Practice Professional Engineering in the State of New York (October 17, 1957) and was awarded the fifth-year Civil Engineer degree by the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth (April 14, 1973).

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