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Mario G. Salvadori Lectures, 1976-1978

Summary Information

At a Glance

Title:Mario G. Salvadori Lectures, 1976-1978
Physical description:0.83 linear feet (2 document boxes)
Language(s): Materials entirely in English.


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Scope and Content

This collection contains full transcripts of lectures given by Professor Mario G. Salvadori on the cultural impact and content of engineering. Salvadori delivered these lectures in the course Engineering 1101y "The Cultural Impact of Engineering," or alternately "The Cultural Impact of Technology." This introductory course for freshmen addressed the ethical problems and the responsibilities of the engineering profession in the development of a technical culture. Engineering, according to the course description, was "considered both as a technological field of endeavor and as a cultural field interacting with a number of other professional fields, such as medicine and law." In these lectures Salvadori focuses on the origins of engineering and argues for equipping engineers with a broad base of knowledge beyond the sciences.

Series I. Lectures, 1976-1978

The lectures are culled from two semesters of the same course, the spring semesters of 1976 and 1978. In some instances, Salvadori re-used lectures from previous years, or merged lectures from several previous dates, so that dates marked on the initial pages of lectures do not necessarily correspond to the dates on which the lectures were given. The lectures are numbered in the order in which Professor Salvadori gave them; the 1976 lectures number from 2 to 12 and the 1978 lectures number from 1 to 12.

Using the Collection

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions on this collection.

 This collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least two business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Accrual Information

No additions are expected.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Mario G. Salvadori Lectures, 1976-1978; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University in the City of New York.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Archives; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jennifer Preissel. Finding aid written by Jennifer Preissel in February 2002 and updated by Joanna Rios in June 2017.

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 30, 2017

Finding aid written in English.

    2017-06-30 File created.

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History / Biographical Note


Mario George Salvadori, born in 1907 in Rome, Italy, was a member of Columbia University's faculty in the areas of engineering and architecture for more than thirty years. After receiving engineering and mathematical doctorates from the University of Rome in 1930 and 1933, Salvadori taught at that institution until 1938. In 1939 he immigrated to the United States where he became a lecturer at Columbia University in 1940. He attained the rank of professor of civil engineering in 1946 and eventually became professor emeritus of architecture and James Renwick Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering in 1975. In 1991 he received the Pupin Medal, the highest honor awarded by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences for his contribution to science. A pioneer in architectural engineering, Salvadori was a prolific author and consulting engineering for several institutions and projects, most significantly for the Manhattan Project between 1942 and 1944. Salvadori died in 1997.