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MERRIMAN, Mansfield, civil engineer, born in Southington, Connecticut, 27 March, 1848. He was graduated at the Sheffield scientific school of Yale, as a civil engineer, in 1871, and in 1873 entered the United States corps of engineers as assistant engineer. In 1875 he returned to Sheffield as instructor of civil engineering, and in 1876 received the degree of Ph.D. for advanced studies, he was called to the chair of civil engineering in Lehigh university in 1878, which professorship he still (1888) holds. In 1880 he became an acting assistant of the United States coast and geodetic survey, and for five years had charge of the primary triangulation of Pennsylvania. Professor Merriman is a member of the American society of civil engineers, the American philosophical society, and other scientific bodies in the United States and Europe. He has published" Theory of Continuous Bridges" (New York, 1876) ; "Elements of the Method of Least Squares" (London, 1877): "The Figure of the Earth, an Introduction to Geodesy" (New York, 1881): " TextBook on the Method of Least Squares" (1884); and "The Mechanics of Materials" (1885).
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