Joseph Baermann Strauss was an American structural engineer who revolutionized the design of bascule bridges. He was the chief engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge, a suspension bridge.Life, beginnings and death He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to an artistic family of German-Jewish ancestry. His father, Raphael Strauss, was a writer and painter and his mother was a pianist. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1892 with a degree in civil engineering. He served as both class poet and president, and was a brother of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.Source: Wikipedia
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