Gustave Eiffel was a French structural engineer from the École Centrale Paris, an architect, an entrepreneur and a specialist of metallic structures. He is highly acclaimed for his design of the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris. Eiffel, owned an engineering consulting and construction firm which in addition to the Eiffel Tower, created the Ruche in Paris, France. The Ruche like the Eiffel Tower became a city landmark.
In 1887, Eiffel became involved with the French unsuccessful effort at constructing a Panama Canal. The French Panama Canal Company had been attempting to build a sea-level canal but stopped upon the realization that a sea-level canal was impractical.
Eiffel was also responsible for New York’s Statue of Liberty which was France’s to the United States. Eiffel’s design for the interior structural elements of the statue allowed for the statue to become a reality. The statue symbolized the friendship and respect that was shared between France and the United States.