November 15, 1908|
New York City, United States
August 29, 1959 (aged 50)|
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Occupation||inventor, engineer, philanthropist|
|Known for||Invention of the amtrac in 1937|
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.
Roebling built Spottiswoode, now known as the Donald Roebling Estate, in Clearwater, Florida in 1929. The estate and its buildings were added to the National Register of Historic Places in Pinellas County in 1979.
Science and invention
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."
- Roan, Richard W. "Roebling's Amphibian: The Origin Of The Assault Amphibian". Retrieved March 21, 2011.
- "Roebling Yacht Soon to Start Scientific Trip". Sarasota Herald-Tribume. March 28, 1937. p. 8.
- Global Security.org: Roebling's Amphibian
- Ibiblio.org: Roebling Alligator Amphibian Tractor
- Time Magazine: "Alligators by Roebling"
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