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C. Allin Cornell

C.A. Cornell while at Stanford University
Born 19 September 1938(1938-09-19)
Palo Alto, California, USA
Died December 14, 2007 (aged 69)
Residence Portola Valley, California, USA
Nationality United States
Fields Earthquake engineering
Institutions Stanford University
Alma mater Stanford University
Doctoral advisor Jack Benjamin
Doctoral students R. Corotis, R.K. Maguire,
E. Vanmarcke, D. Veneziano
Known for Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis
Notable awards Norman Medal (1983,2003)
H.F. Reid Medal (2001)
G.W. Housner Medal (2003)

C. (Carl) Allin Cornell (born September 19, 1938) is a prominent civil engineer who made important contributions to reliability theory and earthquake engineering and, along with Dr. Luis Esteva, developed the field of Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis in 1968.



Cornell was born in Mobridge, South Dakota in 1938. He received his A.B. in architecture in 1960 and M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering in 1961 and 1964 respectively, all at Stanford University. He held a professorship at the MIT from 1964 to 1983, and in 1983 became a Research Professor at Stanford University. He was awarded the Moisseiff Award (1977), two Norman Medals (1983, 2003), and the Fruedenthal Medal (1988) from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He also received the Harry Fielding Reid Medal of the Seismological Society of America (SSA) in 2001, and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Housner Medal in 2003. He was a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (2002) and Member of the National Academy of Engineering (1981). His wife is Dr. Elisabeth Paté-Cornell, currently (2009) chair of Stanford’s Department of Management Science and Engineering, and one of his five children is Eric Allin Cornell Nobel Laureate in Physics.

He is best known for his 1968 seminal paper "Engineering Seismic Risk Analysis" that started the field of Probabilistic Seismic Hazard analysis (PSHA), his work in reliability especially on second-moment methods and reliability-based code calibration, and his development of the probabilistic framework for performance-based earthquake engineering that became the unifying equation of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center. His 1971 book, Probability, Statistics, and Decision for Civil Engineers (coauthored with Jack Benjamin), exposed an entire generation of civil and structural engineering students to the field of probabilistic modeling and decision analysis, and remains a standard reference for students and researchers to this day.

Ph.D Students

Jack Baker Paolo Bazzurro Jorge Carballo Peter Chu-Chuan Tsai Ross Corotis
Rabi De LeRoy Fitzwater Mircea Grigoriu Yves Guenard Shou Nien Hou
Yaacob Ibrahim Fatemeh Jalayer Ashish Karamchandani Bob Kilcup Rich Larrabee
Nicolas Luco Lance Manuel Robin McGuire Jong Peir Douglas Schmucker
Robert Sewell Nilesh Shome Keto Soosaar Gabriel Toro Polsak Tothong
Dimitrios Vamvatsikos Erik Vanmarcke Daniele Veneziano Shen-Chyun Wu Gee Liek Yeo

M.Sc. Students

Hugh Banon Mike Fardis Ron Harichandran
Iunio Iervolino Takashi Inoue Hanz Merz
Yuji Nakamura

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