Alumni Hall of Fame

George T. Horton
George T. Horton
Inducted October 1999

George T. Horton

Class of 1893
Industrialist, Materials Engineer

George Horton combined an engineer’s ability for original and independent thinking with a manager’s vision for industrial progress.

As chief engineer and then president of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company, he created and oversaw improved products for the company through the introduction of new designs and use of lighter, stronger materials. He developed the modern high-capacity elevated storage tank, common throughout the world.

Believing “standardization is stagnation,” he established a research unit within the company, which engendered many more patents and innovations.

Horton was an innovator in the use of electrical welding in the fabrication of steel structures. Riveted construction became a thing of the past at his company.

His support established a welding laboratory at Rensselaer that led to the Institute’s international reputation in materials engineering.