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ERIC Number: EJ1142842
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1535-0584
Robert Henry Thurston: Professionalism and Engineering Education
Nienkamp, Paul
American Educational History Journal, v43 n2 p129-148 2016
Robert Henry Thurston is presented in this article. He provides one the most significant examples of professionalizing engineering through innovative education and promoting scientific education practices in the late nineteenth century. The son of a draftsmen and steam engine mechanic, Thurston spent his early years in Providence, Rhode Island. His family assumed he would become an apprentice in the steam engine company his father acquired in 1838. A high school science teacher encouraged him to apply to Brown University, where he began his freshmen year in 1856, at the age of sixteen. After encountering quite disappointing experiences in his mathematics and science courses while at Brown, Thurston focused his professional career on advancing and professionalizing engineering and engineering education the rest of his life.
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