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Biography[ edit ] Early life and education[ edit ] Gilbreth was born in Fairfield, Maine , on July 7, His mother had been a schoolteacher. His father owned a hardware store and was a stockbreeder. When Gilbreth was three and a half years old his father died suddenly from pneumonia. By the fall of the money had been lost or stolen and Martha Gilbreth had to find a way to make a living.
She moved the family to Boston where there were good public schools. She opened a boarding house since the salary of a schoolteacher would not support the family. He attended Rice Grammar School, but his mother was concerned enough to teach him at home for a year.
He took the entrance examinations for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology , but wanted his mother to be able to give up the boarding house. He decided to go to work rather than to college. He was to start as a laborer, learn the various building trades, and work his way up in the firm. This began his interest in finding "the one best way" of executing any task. He quickly learned every part of building work and contracting, and advanced rapidly. He took night school classes to learn mechanical drawing.
He developed and patented the "Gilbreth Waterproof Cellar". After ten years and at age 27 he was the chief superintendent. He eventually became an occasional lecturer at Purdue University , which houses his papers. Gilbreth discovered his vocation as a young building contractor when he sought ways to make bricklaying faster and easier. This grew into a collaboration with his wife, Lillian Moller Gilbreth , who studied the work habits of manufacturing and clerical employees in all sorts of industries to find ways to increase output and make their jobs easier.
He and Lillian founded a management consulting firm, Gilbreth, Inc. The architects had specified that hundreds of foot 6. The "Time and Motion" approach could be applied to the bricklaying and the transportation. The building was also required to support efficient input and output of deliveries via its own railroad switching facilities.
He described this method in an article in Industrial Magazine in , comparing it to fixed price and guaranteed maximum price methods. Death[ edit ] Gilbreth died of a heart attack on June 14, , at age He was at the Lackawanna railway station in Montclair, New Jersey , talking with his wife by telephone.
Lillian outlived him by 48 years.
Cheaper by the Dozen by Gilbreth, First Edition
Plot[ edit ] The book tells the story of time and motion study and efficiency experts Frank Bunker Gilbreth and Lillian Moller Gilbreth , and their children as they reside in Montclair, New Jersey , for many years. Lillian Gilbreth was described in the s as "a genius in the art of living". The title comes from one of Frank Sr. How come you got so many kids?
Frank Bunker Gilbreth