Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller (1895 - 1983) was a renowned 20th century inventor and visionary. He did not limit himself to one field but worked as a 'comprehensive anticipatory design scientist' to solve global problems surrounding housing, shelter, transportation, education, energy, ecological destruction, and poverty. Fuller held 28 patents, authored 28 books, and received 47 honorary degrees. While his most well known artifact, the geodesic dome, has been produced over 300,000 times worldwide, Fuller's true impact on the world today can be found in his continued influence upon generations of designers, architects, scientists and artists working to create a more sustainable planet. - The Buckminster Fuller Institute.