Bucky had a rather unconventional career. He had a great variety of interests and activities, and throughout his life he worked as an engineer, mapmaker, architect, teacher, poet, editor, businessman, inventor, futurist, sailor, scholar, and more. Rather than limiting himself to one particular profession, Bucky preferred to describe himself as a “comprehensive anticipatory design scientist.” What he meant by this description was that he felt he was a person who used science and good design to anticipate problems that people might experience in the future. He hoped to use design and science in a comprehensive, complete way to find solutions to these problems. For example, he thought a great deal about the distribution of natural resources in the world. Bucky felt that natural resources (such as wood, metal, coal, water, and so on) were becoming ever more scarce around the world, but that with proper planning and foresight, designers and scientists could develop new ways of using these precious natural resources more efficiently, thus ensuring that there would be enough resources to take care of everybody on the planet.


The Dymaxion Chronofile is Buckminster Fuller’s attempt to document his life as completely as possible. He created a very large scrapbook in which he documented his life every 15 minutes from 1920 to 1983. The scrapbook contains copies of all correspondence, bills, notes, sketches, and clippings from newspapers. The total collection is estimated to be 270 feet (80 m) worth of paper. This is said to be the most documented human life in history.