Read here about an early tensegrity pioneer.
Lee Hogden worked with Fuller on one of the earliest tensegrity spheres. Marks figure 272 caption reads, "Tensegrity tricontahedron (30-sided figure) developed by Lee Hogden, North Carolina State College, 1953 . Hugh Kenner cites this as well .
He is cited by Fuller in http://www.rwgrayprojects.com/rbfnotes/fpapers/tensegrity/tenseg01.html Portfolio and Art News Annual, No.4, 1961]] as having helped innovate the "thirty-islanded Tensegrity sphere."
Links and References
 The Dymaxion World of Buckminster Fuller by R. Buckminster Fuller and Robert Marks, Anchor Books Edition 1973, Figure 272 page 167  Bucky A Guided Tour of Buckminster Fuller by Hugh Kenner, William Morrow & Co. 1973, p. 87 footnote.