Guide to the Aleksandar Sedmak Vesić Papers, 1956-1982
Aleksandar Sedmak Vesić was a prominent civil engineer and Duke engineering professor. He is especially known for his work on soil properties and interaction with construction materials, as well as the use of explosives in excavation projects.
- Record Group
- Aleksandar Sedmak Vesić papers
- Vesić, Aleksandar Sedmak, 1924-
- 5 Linear Feet
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
The collection covers Aleksandar Sedmak Vesić's working and class papers. Included is research into soil mechanics, the application of engineering principles to construction materials, and the use of explosives in excavation projects. Vesić also lectured widely and participated in a large number of conferences and committees; materials related to those activities are also represented.
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], Aleksandar Sedmak Vesić Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Aleksandar Sedmak Vesić was a Yugoslav-American geotechnical engineer and a major figure in the history of the Duke University Pratt Engineering School. Vesić specialized in soil mechanics, the application of engineering principles to construction materials, behavior of soils on the ocean floor, and the use of explosives in excavation projects.
Vesić studied at the University of Belgrade and received his doctorate in civil engineering. He worked at the Geotechnical Institute in Ghent, Belgium before moving to the United States in 1956. He began teaching in 1958 at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In 1963, he became a professor at Duke University, where he remained until his death in 1982. He was named Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering in 1974 and served as such until his death. In his honor, and in recognition for his contributions to the Engineering School, the position of department head of civil engineering bears his name, and the math, science, and technical library was renamed the Vesić Library in 1982, shortly after his death. This library carried his name until it closed in 2008.
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The Aleksandar Sedmak Vesić Papers were received by the Duke University Archives as a gift in January, 2005.
Processed by: Duke University Archives Staff
Accessions described in this finding aid: UA2005.0055