Richard Buckminster Fuller (July 12, 1895 - July 1, 1983) was an American architect, philosopher, designer, author, critic of work, futurist, inventor, and systems theorist. Signing his works as R. Buckminster Fuller, he published over thirty books and is credited with popularizing or coining such terms as 'ephemeralization', 'tensegrity', 'Dymaxion' (Dymaxion map, Dymaxion car, and Dymaxion house, for example), 'Spaceship Earth', and 'synergetics'. Fuller is most widely remembered for popularizing geodesic domes but also holds twenty-eight United States patents and received numerous awards during his career.