Gustave Eiffel, French engineer

Gustave Eiffel, French engineer

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Caption: Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (1832-1923), French engineer and architect. Eiffel began his engineering career with a company designing railway bridges. In 1864 he set up his own company, specialising in metal structures. He designed several landmarks, including the Porto viaduct in Portugal, Pest railway station in Hungary, and the internal structure of the Statue of Liberty. His most famous work is the Eiffel Tower in Paris, designed for the 1889 Universal Exposition. His involvement with building a Panama canal was a failure leading to his withdrawal from business. This portrait is from the Bain News Service, one of America's oldest news picture agencies, which holds images dating from the 1890s to the 1930s.

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