A noted author, professor and consulting engineer in the field of highway engineering, Arthur Blanchard was particularly active in the study of asphalt, as well as many other substances, as a highway construction material.
As an author, he wrote several books and numerous engineering articles. But perhaps one of his most significant achievements was an editor-in-chief of the “American Highway Engineers Handbook”, a multi-author work published in 1919 that was, for many years, a standby of the highway engineer.
As a professor, he began teaching in 1899 at Brown University. Later, he also taught at Columbia and Michigan Universities.
As a consulting engineer, Mr. Blanchard served with the U.S. Office of Public Roads on many state highway boards. He was also engaged, in the early 1900’s, to make highway engineering studies in many European countries.
He was a member of numerous technical societies and helped develop many test procedures for highway materials.
Mt. Blanchard was born in 1877 in Providence, Rhode Island. He received his Civil Engineering degree from Brown in 1899 and three years later his Master of Arts degree from Columbia.