R. Buckminster Fuller in front of a geodesic dome, of which much of his fame is based.
Richard Buckminster Fuller or Bucky (July 12, 1896 – July 1, 1983), American engineer, author, designer, inventor, and futurist, is tied to Cambridge in three ways: 1. he is the grand-nephew of Margaret Fuller, Transcendentalist and famous Cantabrigian, 2. he was kicked out of Harvard twice (once for spending all his money partying with a vaudeville troupe, and then, after having been readmitted, for his “irresponsibility and lack of interest”), and 3. he is buried with his wife, Anne, in Mount Auburn Cemetery.
Along with holding a philosophical view that was rooted in environmental sustainability and a concern for human survival under the existing socio-economic system, Fuller was most famous for his design of lattice shell structures or geodesic domes, which have been used as parts of military radar stations, civic buildings, environmental protest camps, and exhibition attractions.
Cambridge’s American Repertory Theater is currently staging a play on Fuller, called “R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe” through this Sunday, February 6. For more information, click here: http://www.americanrepertorytheater.org/events/show/r-buckminster-fuller-history-and-mystery-universe.
To read the Cambridge Chronicle‘s review of the play, click here: http://www.wickedlocal.com/cambridge/fun/entertainment/arts/x1409904317/Theater-Review-Thomas-Derrah-provides-Fuller-understanding.
For more information on Buckminster Fuller, read the Wikipedia article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckminster_Fuller.