Oral History Series

Oral History Series


The EERI Oral History project publishes interviews with prominent figures in the field of earthquake engineering to preserve the rich history of those who shaped seismic design theory and practice. Learn more about the EERI Oral History Program.

The Oral History Series may be read online by accessing the PDF file links below.


Interviews for the oral histories were conducted as follows:  

  • Volume 29: by Robert Reitherman
  • Volume 28: by Stanley Scott
  • Volume 27: by Lucy A. Arendt
  • Volume 26: by Robert D. Hanson and Robert Reitherman
  • Volume 25: by Stanley Scott
  • Volume 24: by Robert Reitherman and Stanley Scott
  • Volume 23: by Robert D. Hanson and Robert Reitherman
  • Volume 22: by Laurie Johnson
  • Volume 21: by Robert Reitherman
  • Volume 20: by Stanley Scott
  • Volume 19: 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
  • Volumes 16 and 17: by Robert Reitherman
  • Volumes 13 through 15: by Stanley Scott
  • Volume 12: by Robert Reitherman
  • Volume 11: by Stanley Scott and supplemented by Robert Reitherman, executive director of CUREE (Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering)
  • Volumes 9 and 10: by Stanley Scott
  • Volume 8: by the late Frank Killinger, head of Hale’s Testing Laboratory, and Stanley Scott
  • Volume 7: by Joseph P. Nicoletti, structural engineer (retired), URS Corporation
  • Volumes 1 through 6: by the late Stanley Scott, research political scientist, Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California at Berkeley


The Oral History Committee is charged with submitting the names of candidates for this honor to the Board of Directors. 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.
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