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Newsmaker: Daniel Short

Tom Fontaine
| Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, 6:39 p.m.
Daniel Short, a Robert Morris University professor, wrote a book that gives credit to Pittsburgh-based industrial designer Peter Muller-Munk for building the architectural centerpiece of the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
Daniel Short, a Robert Morris University professor, wrote a book that gives credit to Pittsburgh-based industrial designer Peter Muller-Munk for building the architectural centerpiece of the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

Noteworthy: “Unisphere,” a book by Short, gives credit to Pittsburgh-based industrial designer Peter Muller-Munk for building the architectural centerpiece of the 1964 New York World's Fair.

Age: 43

Residence: Moon

Family: Married with three children.

Occupation: Short is an associate professor of environmental science at Robert Morris University in Moon. He has worked at the university since 2000.

Background: New York City landscape architect Gilmore Clarke conceived the Unisphere and often gets credit for it, but Short said the design work was beyond his firm's capabilities. Muller-Munk stepped in after U.S. Steel, which sponsored the Unisphere's construction, recommended the industrial designer to Clarke.

Education: Bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Leicester in England; a master's in environmental chemistry from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland; and a Ph.D. in environmental science from the University of Liverpool in England.

Quote: “Without going to see it in person, you have no idea how immense (the Unisphere) is. You stand underneath this thing and it's gigantic. It is the biggest representation of the Earth on the Earth, and a marvel of industrial design.”

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