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The James Clerk Maxwell Young Writers Prize

Congratulations to Julian Rimoli (who's one of the moderators of iMechanica) for winning the 2010 James Clerk Maxwell Young Writers Prize!

Rodney Hill died on 2 February 2011

Rodney Hill was born on 11 June 1921.  He was a Reader, then Professor, in The Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), of The University of Cambridge, during the period 1969-1979. He is widely regarded as among the foremost contributors to the foundations of solid mechanics over the second half of the 20th century. He was author of 'The Mathematical Theory of Plasticity' published in 1950.

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Professors John Rogers and Ares Rosakis elected to NAE

Professors John Rogers and Ares Rosakis were elected to NAE, among the 68 new NAE members. 

John A. Rogers, Lee J. Flory-Founder Chair in Engineering, department of materials science and engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. For novel electronic and optoelectronic devices and systems.

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Who was PhD advisor of Prager?

I have been asking colleagues this question for some time.  I was a Ph.D. student of John W. Hutchinson, who was a Ph.D. student of Bernard Budiansky, who was a Ph.D. student of William Prager.  But for years, the Mathematics Genealogy Project listed the advisor for Prager as “unknown”.

Speech of Acceptance of the 2010 Timoshenko Medal by Wolfgang G. Knauss

files/knauss-w72_2.jpgIn the following the italicized portions were stricken from the oral presentation to better approximate the time length suggested. They are retained here primarily for the preservation of historical developments in mechanics.

Experimental Mechanics of History

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Benoit Mandelbrot dies at 85

Mandelbrot has passed away last week.  A very interesting  mathematician, who received tenure from Yale only at 75, he has introduced fractals also in fracture mechanics.

Benoit Mandelbrot, Father of Fractals, Dies at 85

Dr.Vikram deshpande of Cambridge University set to take over as Professor, effective october 1 .

I feel honoured to share this news that, Dr. Vikram deshpande of cambridge University engineering department is appointed as Professor, effective October 1. He is quite a inspiration to people like me who work in solid mechanics.His contribution to this area is immense and i really feel happy for his acheivements and many more to come.


My heartiest congragulations to him


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Professor Jerrold E. Marsden

It is with the deepest sadness that I inform you that Professor Jerrold E. Marsden passed away on September 21.

Hans Ziegler (5 September 1910 - 6 August 1985)

Hans Ziegler was born on 5 September 1910.  Tomorrow will be his 100th birthday.  A websit has been created to make his work as a scientist, as a teacher and as a personality accessible to the public.

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Professor Donald E. Carlson

It is with great sadness that I report the passing away of Prof. Don Carlson. The link below describes his life and work.

Xiaodong Li is a new Editor of the iMechanica Journal Club

Xiaodong Li, of the University of South Carolina, has graciously agreed to be a new Editor of the iMechanica Journal Club.  iMechanica has now over 20,000 registered users.  Xiaodong is one of the earliest active users (user number 48), and has played a large role in shaping the development of iMechanica.  He has been advocating for strong participation from experimentalists, and for highlighting significant applications of mechanics.

A great russian mathematician Vladimir Arnold died on 3rd of June, 2010 in Paris

Vladimir Arnold died on 3rd of June 2010 in Paris, just 9 days before his 73rd birthday.

I am sure many mechanicians know him by his books, such as

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Wolfgang Knauss will receive the 2010 Timoshenko Medal

knauss-w72Professor Wolfgang Knauss, of the California Institute of Technology, is selected to receive the 2010 Timoshenko Medal.

Chung-Yuen Herbert Hui named the 2011 recipient of The Adhesion Society Award for Excellence in Adhesion Science

bio_hui Professor Herbert Hui, of Cornell University, has been named the 2011 recipient of The Adhesion Society Award for Excellence in Adhesion Science, Sponsored by 3M.

The Award will be presented during the 34th Annual Meeting of The Adhesion Society in Savannah, GA, USA, 13-16 February 2011.

Fred Lange passed away on Friday


Frederick F. Lange, Professor of Materials, of the University of California at Santa Barbara, passed away suddenly on Friday, in Tucson, after watching his daughter defend her PhD.

Subra Suresh in line to be the Director of the National Science Foundation

Subra Suresh, the Dean of Engineering, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is in line to become the next Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), according to this post at Science.

Subra Suresh's pictureThe NSF director must be confirmed by the Senate, although it would be unusual for a nominee to attract any opposition.

Question on history of mechanics

A question for those interested in the history of mechanics. We have Hooke's law for 2D stress-strain and a generalised Hooke's law for 3D stress states. Maybe I have missed something in my reading of history, but since it appears that it was Thomas Young and not Hooke who related stress and strain (Hooke looked only at force - displacement), why don't we use Young's law or a generalised Young's law?

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Iain Finnie passed away

Iain Finnie passed away in December. At the time he was the James Fife Professor Emeritus U.C. Berkeley Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.

Iain had an amazing number of contributions spanning diverse area of mechanics. To the best of my recollection:

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2009 Nathan M. Newmark Medal

C. S. Desai Is Recipient of the 2009 Nathan M. Newmark Medal

C S Desai

Regents’ Professor Chandra Desai has been awarded the 2009 Nathan M.
Newmark Medal by the Structural Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Institutes of the American Society of Civil Engineers.


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