Volume 1: Chapter 15

Frank P. Davidson

Frank P. Davidson's first book was published by Harvard University Press when he was still an undergraduate. He was the American co-founder, in 1957, of the Channel Tunnel Study Group. In 1970, he was appointed head of the Macro-Engineering Research Group of the School of Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a post he held for more than 25 years. From 1974 to 1976, Davidson and Lusk Brooke taught "Failure of Human Systems" at the School of Engineering and MIT, followed by tandem courses in "Failure" and "Success" at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute.

Kathleen Lusk Brooke

Kathleen Lusk Brooke was one of the youngest Fulbright Scholars in history. This enabled her to spend a year of study in Iceland - precisely as the island of Surtsey emerged out of a volcanic eruption. In 1972, she was awarded a Harvard Graduate Prize Fellowship, which included a year of travel. Her itinerary took her to 41 countries including Afghanistan, India, Japan, Singapore, and most of Europe. Brought up in Chicago, Illinois, she recalls learning about macro-engineering when her family helped to build the Calumet Harbor completion of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

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