John Augustus Roebling

Nineteenth century civil engineer John Roebling pioneered the use of wire rope to build suspension bridges. His best known work is the Brooklyn Bridge.


John Roebling was born June 12, 1806, in Mühlhausen, Prussia. After immigrating to the United States in 1831, he worked for the Pennsylvania canal system. Adopting a method of twisting iron strands into a strong "wire rope," he founded a successful manufacturing business, and earned acclaim for building aqueducts and durable suspension bridges. Roebling designed and engineered construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, though he died from an on-site accident shortly after construction began in 1869.

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