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April 9, 2014, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

MBG Auditorium

COLLOQUIUM: How Trenton Iron and Steel Innovations Reshaped America

Mr. Clifford Zink
Independent Historian

Iron and steel innovations in Trenton helped transform modern life with new methods of transportation, construction, and communications. Peter Cooper established his Trenton Iron Company on the Delaware River in 1847, and rolled America’s first I-beams in the early 1850s. Cooper then established the New Jersey Steel & Iron Company to fabricate structural steel for larger and larger buildings and bridges. At Cooper’s suggestion, John A. Roebling built his wire rope factory in Trenton in 1849, and the John A. Roebling's Sons Company developed wire rope for landmark suspension bridges and for new technologies like elevators, cable cars, airplanes, pre-stressed concrete, and suspended roofs. Today, thanks to public and private preservation efforts, several notable Cooper and Roebling buildings continue to represent the spirit of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship in Trenton.

Colloquium Committee: 

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory 2019-2020 Colloquium Committee is comprised of the following people. Please feel free to contact them by e-mail regarding any possible speakers or topics for future colloquia.

Carol Ann Austin, caustin@pppl.gov
Marc-Andre DeLooz, mdelooz@pppl.gov
Erik Gilson, egilson@pppl.gov
Jessica Ilagan, jilagan@pppl.gov
Igor Kaganovich, ikaganov@pppl.gov

  • Carol Ann Austin 609-243-2484

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