Joseph B. Strauss, Charles A. Ellis, and the Golden Gate Bridge: Justice at Last

TitleJoseph B. Strauss, Charles A. Ellis, and the Golden Gate Bridge: Justice at Last
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsGriggs, FE
JournalJournal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education & Practice
Date Published2010
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number10523928
KeywordsBridge , BRIDGES , Calif.) , California , Cantilever , ENGINEERING , ethics , GATE: , Golden , Joseph , SAN , STRAUSS , Suspension , the
AbstractThe Golden Gate Bridge is one of the best-known engineering structures in the world and was the longest suspension bridge in the world for many years. Its design has generally been attributed to Joseph Strauss, but recent evidence proves that Charles Ellis was the prime designer of the bridge between 1929 and 1931. Strauss fired Ellis in late 1931 and systematically removed any mention of Ellis’ name in his final report on the bridge issued in 1938. It remained for John van der Zee in his book The Gate to set the record straight. This paper makes the case that Strauss violated one of the fundamental ethical canons—that of giving credit where credit is due. 
NotesGriggs, Francis E.; Email Address:; Source Info: Apr2010, Vol. 136 Issue 2, p71; Subject Term: BRIDGES -- Design & construction; Subject Term: ENGINEERING; Subject Term: GOLDEN Gate Bridge (San Francisco, Calif.); Subject Term: SAN Francisco (Calif.); Subject Term: CALIFORNIA; Author-Supplied Keyword: Bridge; Author-Supplied Keyword: Cantilever; Author-Supplied Keyword: Ethics; Author-Supplied Keyword: Suspension; Reviews & Products: GATE: The True Story of the Design & Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, The (Book); NAICS/Industry Codes: 237310 Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction; People: STRAUSS, Joseph; Number of Pages: 13p; Illustrations: 10 Black and White Photographs, 5 Diagrams; Document Type: Article