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I came across a very nice quotation on engineering by the 31st President of the United States, Herbert Hoover (b 1874 – d 1964). Yes in case you were wondering, Hoover Dam is indeed called after him, it was known as Boulder Dam prior to being renamed in his honour. One of his many famous quotes relates to his own profession, engineering, he was a very gifted mining engineer. The quotation is as follows:
“It is a great profession. There is the fascination of watching a figment of the imagination emerge through the aid of science to a plan on paper. Then it moves to realization in stone or metal or energy. Then it brings jobs and homes to men. Then it elevates the standards of living and adds to the comforts of life. That is the engineer’s high privilege.