Theodore V. Galambos earned his Ph.D. in civil engineering from Lehigh University in 1959 after receiving both his B.S. and M.S. at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks in the same field. Upon graduation from Lehigh, Galambos taught and researched at the university until 1965 when he left to join the civil engineering faculty of Washington University in Saint Louis. His research areas are: the behavior and design of steel structures, the reliability of structures, structural design standards, and the stability of steel structures. He is author of several technical books and of scores of published articles.
In 1981 Galambos left Washington University in Saint Louis and became a professor of engineering at the University of Minnesota. He currently serves as emeritus professor of structural engineering. He is an honorary member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the Structural Stability Research Council and the International Association of Bridge and Structural Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in Minnesota, Missouri and Pennsylvania. He holds honorary doctorates from the Technical University of Budapest, the University of North Dakota and the University of Minnesota.
Galambos was elected in the National Academy of Engineering in 1979. Election to the NAE is one of the highest honors accorded to engineers. In 2002 Galambos was awarded the American Society of Civil Engineer's (ASCE) prestigious Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) award for his outstanding contributions to civil engineering education. Other notable awards include the 1992 Ernest E. Howard Award, also from ASCE, for his contributions to the field of civil engineering.
Galambos and his wife, Barbara, reside in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota. They have four grown children.