If you have a birthday in December, you’ll know how annoying it is for it to be brushed over in the excitement of Christmas.However, it’s not all doom and gloom because you share your birthday month with this amazing man – this week’s STEM Hero is a December birthday that’s certainly worth celebrating. Gustave Eiffel left two indelible marks on the world via the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty. He’s one engineer everyone should know about.  He’s certainly an Imaginative Iguana!


Gustave Eiffel was born on December 15, 1832, in Dijon, France. As a child, he loved building things and finding out how things worked. After finishing school he studied science and later went to work at a railway company as an engineer. He designed many bridges and stations all over France. This helped him become known as one of the best engineers at that time.

In 1881, a sculptor called Auguste Bartholdi asked him to help build the Statue of Liberty. The statue would be a present to the United States from the people of France. Auguste chose Gustave because he was so good at building structures to withstand strong winds. Gustave designed the metal frame inside the statue.

A few years later, Gustave decided to help with a large new tower to be built in Paris. The tower would be the main
attraction for a big event called the worlds fair. Some people hated the look of the tower. However in 1889 the tower was finished. It was named the Eiffel Tower. Gustave Eiffel left his engineering mark on the world with the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty, two of the most famous structures in the whole world.

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Gustav Eiffel