Ralph Brazelton Peck

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Ralph Brazelton Peck (June 23, 1912February 18, 2008) was an eminent civil engineer specializing in soil mechanics. He was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1975 "for his development of the science and art of subsurface engineering, combining the contributions of the sciences of geology and soil mechanics with the practical art of foundation design."


  • If you can’t reduce a difficult engineering problem to just one 8-1/2 x 11-inch sheet of paper, you will probably never understand it.
    • as quoted by John Dunnicliff and Nancy Peck Young (2007). Ralph B. Peck, Educator and Engineer - The Essence of the Man. BiTech Publishers Ltd, Vancouver. p. 114. ISBN 0-921095-63-5. 

On Design

On Observation and Instrumentation

  • Indeed, in my judgment, the simplest measurements are always the best because they have the least possibility for error and the greatest likelihood of survival.

On Research

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