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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.

He established the 'Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids' in 1952 and acted as its Editor-in-Chief until 1968. He was elected FRS in 1961 and was awarded a Royal Medal by the Royal Society in 1993 'for his outstanding contribution to the theoretical mechanics of solids, and especially the plasticity of solids'.

A 'Rodney Hill Prize' was established in 2007, to be awarded quadrennially for research in the field of solid mechanics, and was first awarded at ICTAM in Adelaide in 2008.

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rest in peace. a great mind.    


Zhigang Suo's picture

I found a photo of Hill on my computer, scanned from Mechanics of Solids, The Rodney Hill 60th Anniversary Volume, edited by H.G. Hopkins and M.J. Sewell, Pergamon Press, 1982.

I consider him as the father of anisotropic Plastic behavior of metals...


Amit Acharya's picture

Hill's continuum mechanics is deep, and was done without any window-dressing.

He did not write to please, but it is immensely pleasing for the person prepared to put in the effort. As the Introduction to the 60th Anniversary volume indicates, he was also delightfully unapologetic about it. And we are all the better for that attitude and the work of lasting quality it produced.


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