John Augustus Blume was an American structural engineer born on April 8th, 1909 in Gonzales, California. He first decided he wanted to study Earthquake Engineering when he witnessed the Santa Barbara earthquake of 1925. In 1929, he went to Stanford University where he later received his A.B.degree, his graduate Degree of Engineer and his doctorate.
Blume’s career included major contributions to dynamic theory, soil structure interactions, and the inelastic behavior of structures, earning him the title of the “Father of Earthquake Engineering.”  John Blume died at the age of 92 at his Hillsborough, California home on March 1st, 2002. 
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