ANASTASIOS A. TOPRAC
Anastasios A. Toprac, retired professor
of civil engineering, died on October 28, 1999. He was 79.
Professor Toprac was born on February
12, 1920, near Cappadocia, Turkey. He received a bachelor's degree in
1942 from Bogazici University in Istanbul, a master's from the University
of Minnesota in 1947, and a PhD from Lehigh University in 1950.
He joined the faculty of The University
of Texas at Austin in 1950, where he taught until 1973. He founded the
Structures Fatigue Research Laboratory at the J. J. Pickle Research
Center, serving as its director from 1963 to 1973. Professor Toprac
resigned his position and moved to Greece in 1973 to establish and direct
Interkem Hellas. Under his leadership, Interkem became one of Greece's
largest chemical companies.
He won several awards for his research,
including the 1954 Lincoln Gold Medal and the A. F. Davis Silver Medal
from the American Welding Society.
Professor Toprac was a member of the
American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society for Engineering
Education, and the Welding Research Council.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta
and posted on the Faculty Council web site on February 8, 2001.
Additional biographical sources can be found in the UT Office
of Public Affairs.