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Herbert Saffir

National Weather Service Director Jack Kelly presents Herbert Saffir (on right) with a framed poster of Hurricane Andrew depicting the Saffir-Simpson scale

Herbert Seymour Saffir (29 March 1917 – 21 November 2007) ([1]) was the developer of the Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale, for measuring the intensity of hurricanes. As recently as 2005, Saffir was the principal of Saffir Engineering[2] in Coral Gables, Florida. He has published articles on designing buildings for high wind resistance.[3]


  • Education and early career 1
  • Later career 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Education and early career

Originally from

  • , 29 November 2007The TimesObituary in

External links

  1. ^ "Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale". American English Dictionary. Collins. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Looking at the Damage – McGraw-Hill Construction | ENR
  3. ^ Google Scholar search for H Saffir
  4. ^ Engineering Hall of Fame
  5. ^ Q&A with Herbert Saffir — June 2001 interview from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel
  6. ^ Herbert Saffir, 90; Hurricane Scale Creator


On 21 November 2007 Herbert Saffir died of a heart attack at South Miami Hospital, according to his son, Richard Saffir. He was 90 years old.[6]

Saffir survived the burning of the cruise ship SS Morro Castle on 8 September 1934. The ship was en route from Havana to New York when it caught fire and burned, killing a total of 137 passengers and crew members.

In 1965, while working on a study of windstorm damage on low-cost housing commissioned by the United Nations, Saffir developed a scale to categorize the intensity of hurricanes by their maximum wind speed. In 1969, his friend Robert Simpson, then-director of the National Hurricane Center, added information on the potential storm surge and range of central pressures for each category, resulting in what later became known as the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale.[5]

Later career

. Since that time, he had traveled extensively to study windstorm damage for clues to improvements and has been a tireless advocate for stricter codes in hurricane-prone areas. building code beginning in 1947 as an assistant county engineer, and worked on updating the county Dade County, Florida Saffir worked for [4]

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