Who is Fazlur Rahman Khan? Here’s why Google is celebrating his 88th birthday with a doodle

Source: Indian Express

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 3, 2017 1:03 pm

Fazlur Rahman Khan is recognised for his pioneering work in skyscraper design.

April 3 marks the 88th birthday of structural engineer Fazlur R Khan from erstwhile East Bengal (now Bangladesh), best known for designing Chicago’s Sears Tower, which is more popularly known as the Willis Tower. Born in 1929, Khan is recognised for his pioneering work in skyscraper design, which rejuvenated the design profession as he developed new ways of framing tall buildings, dramatically improving structural efficiency and economy in the 1960s and 1970s.

He died on March 27, 1982 at age 52 after suffering a heart attack in Saudi Arabia.

“A humanitarian in his personal as well as professional life, he was inspired by the belief that his work had a positive impact and he encouraged other engineers not to lose track of the purpose of their profession. When he was named Construction’s Man of the Year (in 1972, at the age of 42), he reflected, ‘The technical man must not be lost in his own technology. He must be able to appreciate life, and life is art, drama, music and, most importantly, people’,” writes his daughter Yasmin Sabina Khan, who also authored the book Engineering Architecture: The Vision of Fazlur R Khan.

Designed by Lydia Nichols, the Google Doodle is visible in the US, Colombia, Iceland, the UK, Sweden, Portugal, Greece, Ukraine, Japan and his country of birth, Bangladesh.

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