Working on a timeline, historical speech, or About Us page that needs some solid context? Visit greatachievements.org. Compiled by the National Academy of Engineering, this website contains detailed historical information, timelines, and personal essays by key innovators for each of 20 major engineering accomplishments of the 20th century. Here are numbers one through five:
4. Water Supply and Distribution
Personally I’d put water supply at #1, because water is essential to life, more so even than electricity and vehicles. But the judges thought otherwise. The content for the site is adapted from a 2003 book, A Century of Innovation: Twenty Engineering Achievements That Transformed Our Lives.