Cool Timeline #1
Earth sciences professors set up the first string of seismographic stations in the Western hemisphere to track earthquake data.
The ten stations in the “California System,” which include sites at Chabot Observatory and Mills College in Oakland, use copies of the Ewing Duplex Pendulum seismograph constructed in San Francisco.
California’s growing economy and industries look to Berkeley engineers for help building the state’s early energy infrastructure.
Clarence L. Cory teaches the first electrical engineering courses at Berkeley to meet California’s growing demand for electricity. San Francisco’s electric street lights are the first in the world, while Los Angeles develops the world’s largest electric street car system.
Julia Morgan, the only woman in her class, graduates with a degree in civil engineering.
While at Berkeley, Morgan finds a mentor in well-known California architect Bernard Maybeck, who teaches technical drawing to engineering students. When Morgan graduates she continues her studies at École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She is the first woman to study there.
Morgan begins her career as an architect in San Francisco and goes on to design more than 700 buildings. In 2014, Morgan is posthumously awarded the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects in recognition of her influence on the profession.
Soon after discovery of the X-ray in Germany, a group of young Berkeley engineers hack together cathode ray tubes from the physics department to create their own imaging equipment.
The engineers, led by mechanical engineering professor Joseph Nisbet LeConte, use their new machine to take images of a small boy — another professor’s son, who was accidentally shot in the arm. Using the image, they are able to determine the location of the bullet.
LeConte spent his summers exploring the Sierra Nevada, making maps and naming peaks. Along with John Muir, he was one of the founding members of the Sierra Club and served as the club’s second president.