Born in La Roche-sur-Yon, France, in 1894, George Robert Le Ricolais studied and worked in his native country until 1951. At that date he started his academic career in the United States, leading structures workshops at the University of Illinois-Urbana, the University of North Carolina, Harvard, the University of Michigan, and the University of Pennsylvania. In 1954 he joined the faculty of Penn's Department of Architecture in the Graduate School of Fine Arts. He was appointed to the Paul Philippe Cret chair in 1974, and taught until he retired in 1975. He died in Paris in 1977.
Le Ricolais's importance to the field of structural engineering derives mostly from publications on his experimental structures and on his "way of thinking" during twenty years of research at the University of Pennsylvania.
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