Arthur H. Nilson, P.E., M.ASCE, founding member and past chairman of ASCE’s Committee on Finite Element Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Structures, passed away at his home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, on February 26, at the age of 87. Born August 27, 1926, Nilson received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, master’s degree from Cornell University, and doctorate in civil engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. For 25 years, Nilson was professor in the College of Engineering at Cornell University, where he specialized in teaching and research in the field of structural analysis and design. Five of those years he was chairman of the school’s Department of Structural Engineering. Nilson was the author of over 40 technical papers, as well as 2 books, Design of Concrete Structures and Design of Prestressed Concrete. His textbooks were considered standard works in this country and abroad for many years, and were widely adopted throughout the U.S. and translated into several foreign languages. Apart from Cornell, Nilson held visiting appointments at Manchester and Salford Universities in England, and at the Politechnico de Milano in Italy. His pioneering work on high-performance concrete has been widely recognized in the engineering community. Nilson served on many professional committees for the American Concrete Institute (ACI), including building code, concrete slab construction, and structural deflections. Throughout his distinguished career, Nilson earned many honors and awards, among them the ACI Wason Medal for materials research in 1974, the ACI Wason Medal for best technical paper in both 1986 and 1987, and the ACI Structural Research Award in 1993.
Arthur Nilson, Pioneer for His Work on High Performance Concrete, Dies at Age 87
March 14, 2014