R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983) was a man who wore many hats: an inventor, an architect, an engineer, a mathematician, a poet and a cosmologist. He is most famous for designing the triangular-shaped Geodesic Domes, erected at the 1967 World Expo in Montreal and easily recognized at Walt Disney’s Epcot Center in Florida.
He was such a genius that he had trouble relating to things in layman’s terms. His books are a difficult read. One lengthy work babbled on with no use for any punctuation at all. For most of his life, R. Buckminster Fuller was simply known as a crackpot. His thick “coca-cola-bottle” eyeglasses only added to that image. A misnomer indeed.
Fuller was one of the world’s first futurists and global thinkers. His 1927 decision to work always and only for all humanity led him to address the largest global problems of poverty, disease and homelessness.
With universal vision, he considered himself the captain of “Spaceship Earth” and with passionate intent made his goal helping to care for everyone onboard. He committed his entire productivity to the whole planet Earth and its resources; undertaking to protect and advance all life.
He was truly ahead of his time.