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Oral History Series

The intent of the EERI oral history project is to publish a series of interviews with prominent figures in the field of earthquake engineering to preserve some of the rich history of those who have pioneered in shaping seismic design theory and practice. The Oral History Committee is charged with submitting the names of candidates for this honor to the Board of Directors. Interviews for the oral histories were conducted as follows:  

  • Volumes 1 through 6: by the late Stanley Scott, research political scientist, Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California at Berkeley
  • Volume 7: by Joseph P. Nicoletti, structural engineer (retired), URS Corporation
  • Volume 8: by the late Frank Killinger, head of Hale’s Testing Laboratory, and Stanley Scott
  • Volumes 9 and 10: by Stanley Scott
  • Volume 11: by Stanley Scott and supplemented by Robert Reitherman, executive director of CUREE (Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering)
  • Volume 12: by Robert Reitherman
  • Volumes 13 through 15: by Stanley Scott
  • Volumes 16 and 17: by Robert Reitherman
  • Volume 18: by Grace S. Kang, structural engineer and partner, Forell/Elsesser Engineers; Christopher Arnold, AIA and president, Building Systems Development; and Robert Reitherman
  • Volume 19: by Robert Reitherman
  • Volume 20: by Stanley Scott
  • Volume 21: by Robert Reitherman
  • Volume 22: by by Laurie Johnson
  • Volume 23: by Robert D. Hanson and Robert Reitherman
  • Volume 24: by Robert Reitherman and Stanley Scott
  • Volume 25: by Stanley Scott
  • Volume 26: by Robert D. Hanson and Robert Reitherman

To learn more about the Oral History Program, please review this PDF (1.4MB): About the EERI Oral History Program


To be the subject of an EERI oral history, individuals must meet the following criteria:

  1. have made an outstanding career-long contribution to earthquake engineering,
  2. have valuable first-person accounts to offer concerning the history of earthquake engineering, and
  3. have backgrounds, considering the series as a whole, that appropriately span the various disciplines that are included in the field of earthquake engineering

The following PDF files are searchable in Acrobat by clicking on the “binoculars” icon. After the first time a word or phrase is found, it can be found again by clicking on the icon next to the binoculars icon (a smaller binoculars with arrow). These PDFs are restricted to “view only”. You won’t be able to copy or print from these files. Each oral history is in print and available for purchase at the Online Store.