Born in Berne, Switzerland, future structural engineering visionary Robert Malliart earned a degree in civil engineering from the Federal Polytechnical Institute in Zurich in 1894. Malliart established his own design-construction company in 1902 and moved the firm to Russia in 1912, only to see it fail during the Russian Revolution five years later.
In a two-year span before the move to Russia, Malliart entered five major bridge competitions, although judging bodies typically preferred bridges more conventional than young Malliart’s. Regardless of the design competitions, continued innovative bridge designs produced notoriety for him.
This page is one in a series of biographies about famous civil engineers. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) follows Malliart from his Russian emigration, through his invention of the deck-stiffened arch bridge, and up to the completion of the Salginatobel Bridge, his longest bridge. A picture and a description of the structure appear after clicking on the Salginatobel's name. Clicking the "resources" link brings up a modicum of recommended reading to spur on any aspiring researchers.