Leon Moisseiff famous Jewish engineer and bridge builder, was the recipient of the “Louis Edward Levy Medal” given annually by the Franklin Engineering Institute of Philadelphia for the most outstanding achievement. Mr. Moisseiff was honored for a treatise in the journal of the Institute about the design, choice of materials and building of the recently completed Kill van Kull Bridge in Bayonne, N. J.
Mr. Moiseiff, who is one of the greatest engineers in America, having built, among others, the Manhattan and Queensboro Bridges and strengthened the Brooklyn Bridge, was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1872. He came to America in 1891, and studied at Columbia, where he was awarded his degree in civil engineering in 1895.
Besides his prominence as a builder of bridges and tunnels Mr. Moisseiff achieved an important place in Yiddish letters and culture under the pen-name of M. Leontieff, having contributed a number of essays on literary criticism, esthetics and social problems to the Yiddish press.