ヘンリー・ペトロスキー(Henry Petroski, 1942年2月6日 - )は、アメリカ合衆国工学者デューク大学教授。専門は土木工学失敗学

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生誕 (1942-02-06) 1942年2月6日(77歳)
出身校 マンハッタンカレッジ英語版 (1963年、理学士)
イリノイ大学アーバナ・シャンペーン校 (1968年、理論応用力学博士号)
職業 教授、作家
配偶者 キャサリン・ペトロスキー英語版
子供 カレン・ペトロスキー、スティーブン・ペトロスキー

鉛筆クリップなどのインダストリアルデザインの研究で知られる。雑誌『アメリカン・サイエンティスト』 (en) やアメリカ工学教育協会会誌 (en) の常連寄稿者。



2004年、米国放射性廃棄物技術審査委員会(United States Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board、NWTRB)に任命[3]、2008年に再任。

クラークソン大学 (en) 、トリニティ・カレッジ、ヴァルパライソ大学 (en) から名誉学位を授与された。テキサス州技術士登録。アメリカ芸術科学アカデミー全米技術アカデミー会員。


  • 『人はだれでもエンジニア—失敗はいかに成功のもとになるか』北村美都穂訳、鹿島出版会、1988
  • 鉛筆と人間』渡辺潤・岡田朋之訳、晶文社、1993
  • フォークの歯はなぜ四本になったか—実用品の進化論』忠平美幸訳、平凡社、1995、のち平凡社ライブラリー
  • 『橋はなぜ落ちたのか—設計の失敗学』、中島秀人・綾野博之訳、朝日選書、2001
  • ゼムクリップから技術の世界が見える アイデアが形になるまで』忠平美幸訳、朝日選書、2003
  • 本棚の歴史』池田栄一訳 白水社、2004
  • 『もっと長い橋、もっと丈夫なビル—未知の領域に挑んだ技術者たちの物語』松浦俊輔訳、朝日選書、2006
  • 『失敗学 デザイン工学のパラドクス』北村美都穂訳、青土社、2007
  • 『〈使い勝手〉のデザイン学』忠平美幸訳、朝日選書、2008
  • To Engineer Is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design (1985), 978-0-679-73416-1
  • Beyond Engineering: Essays and Other Attempts to Figure without Equations (1986), 978-0-312-07785-3
  • The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance (1990), 978-0-679-73415-4
  • The Evolution of Useful Things (1992), 978-0-679-74039-1
  • Design Paradigms: Case Histories of Error and Judgment in Engineering (1994), 978-0-521-46649-3
  • Engineers of Dreams: Great Bridge Builders and The Spanning of America (1995), 978-0-679-76021-4
  • Invention by Design: How Engineers Get from Thought to Thing (1996), 978-0-674-46368-4
  • Remaking the World: Adventures in Engineering (1997), 978-0-375-70024-8
  • The Book on the Bookshelf (1999), 978-0-375-70639-4
  • Paperboy: Confessions of a Future engineer (2002), 978-0-375-71898-4
  • Small Things Considered: Why There Is No Perfect Design (2003), 978-1-4000-3293-8
  • Pushing the Limits: New Adventures in Engineering (2004), 978-1-4000-3294-5
  • Success Through Failure: The Paradox of Design. (2006), 978-0-691-13642-4
  • The Toothpick: Technology and Culture. (2007), 978-0-307-27943-9
  • The Essential Engineer: Why Science Alone Will Not Solve Our Global Problems. (2010), 978-0-307-27245-4
  • The Engineer's Alphabet: Gleanings from the Softer Side of a Profession. (2011), 978-1-107-01506-7
  • To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure. (2012), 978-0-674-06584-0
  • The House with Sixteen Handmade Doors: A Tale of Architectural Choice and Craftsmanship. (2014), 978-0-393-24204-1
  • The Road Taken: The History and Future of America's Infrastructure. (2016), 978-1-63286-360-7
  • "Engineering: Scientific Status," in Modern Scientific Evidence, 2002, vol. 3, part 3, pp. 14–54.
  • "The Origins, Founding, and Early Years of the American Society of Civil Engineers: A Case Study in Successful Failure Analysis," in American Civil Engineering History: The Pioneering Years, B. G. Dennis, Jr., et al., editors, Proceedings of the Fourth National Congress on Civil Engineering History and Heritage, ASCE Annual Meeting, November 2–6, 2002, pp. 57–66.
  • The Importance of Engineering History," International Engineering History and Heritage: Improving Bridges to ASCE's 150th Anniversary, Jerry R. Rogers and Augustine J. Fredrich, editors. History Congress proceedings, American Society of Civil Engineers, Houston, Texas, October 2001, pp. 1-7.
  • "Reference Guide on Engineering Practice and Methods," in Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, 2nd edition, Washington, D.C.: Federal Judicial Center, 2000. pp. 577–624.
  • "The Britannia Tubular Bridge: A Paradigm of Failure-Driven Design," reprinted in Structural and Civil Engineering Design, William Addis, ed. Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 1999, pp. 313–24.
  • "Polishing the Gem: A First-Year Design Project," en:Journal of Engineering Education, October 1998, pp. 445–49.
  • "Drink Me, How Americans came to have cup holders in their cars", Slate Magazine, March 15, 2004
  • "Stick Figure, The marketing genius who brought us the toothpick", Slate Magazine, Oct. 31, 2007
  • "Infrastructure," American Scientist, September–October 2009, pp. 370–74.
  • "Bridging the Gap," New York Times Magazine, June 14, 2009, pp. 11–12.
  • "Want to Engineer Real Change? Don’t Ask a Scientist," Washington Post, Outlook Section, January 25, 2009, p. B4.
  • "Calder as Artist-Engineer: Vectors, Velocities," in Alexander Calder: The Paris Years, 1926–1933, ed. Joan Simon and Brigitte Leal (New York, Paris, and New Haven: Whitney Museum of American Art, Centre Pompidou, and Yale University Press, 2008), pp. 178–83.
  • "The Importance of Civil Engineering History," Proceedings, International Civil Engineering History Symposium, Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, Toronto, June 2–4, 2005, pp. 3–8.
  • "The Evolution of Useful Things: Success through Failure," Proceedings of the Design History Society Conference on Design and Evolution, Delft, The Netherlands, August 3-September 2, 2006. In CD format.
  • "An American Perspective on Telford," The 250th Anniversary of the Birth of Thomas Telford: Collected Papers from a Commemorative Conference Held on 2 July 2007, Royal Society of Edinburgh, pp. 44–46.
  • "Foot in Mouth: The Toothpick’s Surprising Debt to the Shoe," Huntington Frontiers, Spring/Summer 2007, pp. 22–24.
  • "What’s in a Nametag?" American Scientist, July–August 2007, pp. 304–08.
  • "The Paradox of Failure," Los Angeles Times, August 4, 2007, p. A17.
  • "Success and Failure: Two Faces of Design," The Bent of en:Tau Beta Pi, Fall 2007, pp. 27–30.
  • "Picky, Picky, Picky," Los Angeles Times, October 30, 2007, p. A23.
  • "The Glorious Toothpick," The American, November/December 2007, pp. 76–80.


  1. ^ Petroski, Henry (2002). Paperboy: Confessions of a Future Engineer. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 0375413537. 
  2. ^ Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2008. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2008.
  3. ^ NWTRB Board Member”. 2007年6月30日時点のオリジナルよりアーカイブ。2007年5月4日閲覧。