Donald Roebling

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Donald Roebling
Born November 15, 1908
New York City, New York
Died 1959
Nationality American
Occupation inventor
Known for invention of the amtrac in 1937
Donald Roebling.

Donald Roebling (November 15, 1908–1959) was an eccentric twentieth-century American philanthropist and inventor. He is most famous for inventing the amtrac in 1937, which he originally intended to be a hurricane rescue device. The United States Navy awarded Roebling a Certificate of Achievement in recognition of "exceptional accomplishment" for his invention, dubbed the Roebling Alligator. In 1948, he received the Medal of Merit from President Harry S. Truman, "for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service to the United States." He was the great-grandson of John A. Roebling, who began the design of the Brooklyn Bridge, and the grandson of Colonel Washington A. Roebling and Emily Warren Roebling, who together completed the design and supervised its construction.

Born in New York City, Roebling grew up in his family's mansion in Bernardsville, New Jersey.[1]

Roebling had an interest in science, and sponsored Paul Bartsch's 1937 Smithsonian marine research expedition.[2] He was also involved in the establishment of the Archbold_Biological_Station.

On December 19, 1979, the Donald Roebling Estate in Clearwater, Florida was added to the National Register of Historic Places.


  1. ^ Roan, Richard W. "Roebling's Amphibian: The Origin Of The Assault Amphibian". Accessed March 21, 2011. "By the end of World War I, John A. Roebling II had concentrated his efforts on banking and the management of the Roebling family fortune, leaving the leadership of the John A. Roebling's Sons plants to other family members. John and his wife, Margaret, built a sprawling estate called the Boulderwood Mansion in Bernardsville, New Jersey, only thirty miles west of John's office complex in New York City.... Donald Roebling was born in New York City on 15 November 1908. Young Roebling, strong-willed, temperamental, and overweight, spent his childhood in the luxury of his parents' Bernardsville, New Jersey, mansion."
  2. ^ "Roebling Yacht Soon to Start Scientific Trip". Sarasota Herald-Tribume. March 28, 1937. p. 8. 

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