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Oral History Series Vol. 23 William J. Hall

In this EERI oral history, William (Bill) Hall discusses his early days growing up on a California ranch, beginning college, then serving in the Merchant Marine in World War II. After the war, he completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Kansas and went on to get his PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where his advisor was Nathan M. Newmark (see below). Hall has conducted research and consulting projects on earthquake ground motions and structural response, steel design and fracture mechanics, the seismic design of nuclear power plants and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and blast-resistant design. He was one of the youngest individuals to be elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Included as an extensive appendix in this volume is biographical information on Hall’s mentor and close colleague at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the late Nathan M. Newmark. Professor Newmark developed many widely used methods for analyzing structural components under a variety of loading conditions, and for calculating the stresses in the soil beneath foundations. Published 2015, 110 pages, ISBN 978-1-932884-64-7

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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.

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