Category
Practitioner
Born
1897
Died
1988
Career Began
1920
Retired
1986
Media
Jonathan G. Wright
Jonathan G. Wright
AISC 1967 Prize Bridges Jury
AISC 1967 Prize Bridges Jury
Contributions to Structural Engineering History in Northern California

Jonathan G. “Buzz” Wright formed Earl & Wright Consulting Engineers, with Austin Earl in 1949.  At its inception, the firm was involved with marine and bridge structures, including early feasibility studies for a Richmond – San Rafael Bridge.  In the 1960’s the firm provided marine and structural engineering for the “first” offshore Oil Production platforms in Santa Barbara, California and Cook Inlet, Alaska.  Buzz Wright saw a future of offshore oil and gas production would require the engineering expertise that he and Earl had developed at Earl & Wright.  For the next thirty (30) years Earl & Wright was “The Engineering Company” for many of the world’s most challenging, deep water, oil and gas exploration and production structures.  The firm expanded to include Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Marine and Electrical Engineers and Naval Architects.  San Francisco based Earl & Wright Consulting Engineers became the premier offshore oil exploration vessels and oil and gas production platform design, construction, transportation, and installation firm in the world.

Buzz Wright was born on November 8, 1898 in Berkeley, California where his grandfather and then father owned and operated the Golden Sheaf Bakery.  He attended Berkeley High School and then studied Civil Engineering and graduated from U. C. Berkeley in 1920.  As a young engineer, Buzz was engineering bridge construction for contractors that included steel construction for the Golden Gate Bridge towers and construction/erection engineering for the  San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge.

He received a California Civil Engineering license No. 1859 in 1930 and his Structural Engineering license No. 87 in 1932.    He was a founding member and the 1945 President of the Structural Engineers Association of California [SEAOC] and Consulting Engineer’s Association of California [CEAC] and President of the local chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers [ASCE].   He continued working at his firm well past 80 years old.

 

Awards & Accomplishments
  • SEAOC President 1945
  • AISC Prize Bridges Juror 1967
Related Engineer(s)
  • Austin Earl
  • Reinhard Ludke
Related Organization(s)
Related Structure(s)
  • Chevron Richmond Refinery – Long Wharf
  • Platform Hazel Offshore Oil Production, Santa Barbara
  • Dry Dock No. 2, Pier 70, San Francisco
  • SEDCO 700’s Gas/Oil Exploration Structures
  • Pasco – Kennewick Cable Stayed Bridge, Washington
  • Alaska Pipeline, Valdez Oil Terminal
  • Maui Gas Field Platform, New Zealand
  • Thistle Oil Field Platform, North Sea, Scotland
  • Ninian Oil Field, North Sea, Scotland
  • North Rankin Gas Field, Platform “A’, West Australia