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Lloyd H. Donnell

AKA Lloyd Hamilton Donnell

Born: 20-May-1895
Birthplace: Kent's Hill, ME
Died: 7-Nov-1997
Location of death: Palo Alto, CA
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Engineer
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Donnell's thin shell theory

Mechanical engineer Lloyd H. Donnell is most remembered for his stress-analysis research into cylindrical shells, which advanced development of monocoque (wherein the external frame helps supports structural load) bodies for automobiles and planes. He also studied dynamics, elasticity, instability, and wave propagation. Early in his career he designed lighter-than-air ships for Goodyear Zeppelin Company, and he was a founding editor of the engineering journal Applied Mechanics Reviews.

Father: Albert Webb Donnell (teacher, b. circa 1859, d. circa 1930)
Mother: Annie Morrell Hamilton Donnell (author, b. circa 1863, m. 8-Jul-1886, d. 1930)
Sister: Dorothy Donnell Calhoun (author-editor, b. 27-Apr-1889, d. 1-Dec-1963)
Sister: Rachael Eleanor Donnell (physician, b. 28-Sep-1891, d. 26-Mar-1984)
Brother: Kenneth Woodbridge Donnell (Coast Guard captain, b. 7-Jan-1903, d. 5-Mar-1968)
Wife: Sylvia Kasmansky Donnell (b. 19-May-1896, d. 5-May-1982)

    Teacher: Engineering, University of Michigan
    Teacher: Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology (1939-62)
    Teacher: Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University

    ASME Medal 1969
    American Society of Mechanical Engineers
    Goodyear Engineer (1933-39)
    Irish Ancestry

Author of books:
Beams, plates and shells (1976)


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