Fazlur Khan facts for kids
Fazlur Rahman Khan (April 3, 1929 – March 27, 1982) was a Bangladeshi-American structural engineer and architect. He and his business partner Bruce Graham are known for designing the Willis Tower and the John Hancock Center both in Chicago, Illinois. He was one of the most well-known architects in the 20th century.
Khan was born on April 3, 1929 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was raised in Dhaka and in Chicago, Illinois. He studied at Bengal Engineering and Science University, at the Shibpur, Bangladesh University of Engineering and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was married to Liselotte Khan until his death in 1982. They had a daughter, Yasmin. Khan died during a road trip on March 27, 1982 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, aged 52. His body is buried in Chicago, Illinois.
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A sculpture of Khan at the Willis Tower
John Hancock Center is the world's first mixed use tower. When built, it was the second tallest building in the world. It demonstrated how much more efficient and feasible building very tall skyscrapers could be, in comparison to the older design and technology used by the tallest buildings up to that time.
In 1960, buildings over 20 stories were still newsworthy. Apartments in the John Hancock Center in Chicago – shown here with its distinctive exterior X-bracing – are located as high as the 90th floor.
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