Richard Buckminster life and biography

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Richard Buckminster biography

Date of birth : 1895-07-12
Date of death : 1983-07-01
Birthplace : Milton, Massachusetts, United States
Nationality : American
Category : Arhitecture and Engineering
Last modified : 2010-07-12
Credited as : U.S. inventor futurist and architect, architect of the geodesic domes, Spaceship Earth

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Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller was an American architect, author, designer, inventor, and futurist.

Fuller published more than 30 books, inventing and popularizing terms such as "Spaceship Earth", ephemeralization, and synergetics. He also developed numerous inventions, mainly architectural designs, the best known of which is the geodesic dome. Carbon molecules known as fullerenes were later named by scientists for their resemblance to geodesic spheres.

The grandnephew of Melville Fuller, he was expelled twice from Harvard University and never completed his college education. Failure in a prefab construction business led him to search for design patterns that would most efficiently use Earth's resources for humanity's greatest good. His innovations included the inexpensive, lightweight, factory-assembled Dymaxion House and the energy-efficient, omnidirectional Dymaxion Car. He developed a vectorial system of geometry that he called "Energetic-Synergetic geometry"; its basic unit is the tetrahedron, which, when combined with octahedrons, forms the most economic space-filling structures. This led Fuller to design the geodesic dome, the only large dome that can be set directly on the ground as a complete structure, and the only practical kind of building that has no limiting dimensions (i.e., beyond which the structural strength must be insufficient).


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