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Stephen Timoshenko

AKA Stepan Prokofyevich Timoshenko

Born: 23-Dec-1878
Birthplace: Shpotivka, Ukraine
Died: 29-May-1972
Location of death: Wuppertal, Germany
Cause of death: Kidney failure
Remains: Cremated, Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto, CA

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

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Mechanical engineering professor at Stanford

Military service: Russian Army (1901-02); White Army (1919)

Stephen Timoshenko was considered one of the world's leading authorities on theoretical and applied mechanics. In 1911 he was fired from the Kiev Polytechnic Institute for criticizing a government official, in 1920 he fled to Yugoslavia, and in 1922 he came to America where he worked for Westinghouse before resuming his career in academia. He developed the Timoshenko beam theory, and studied buckling, elasticity, torsion, thrust and pivot vibration, and was the author of numerous textbooks and co-founder of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. He is the namesake and first recipient of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' Timoshenko Medal, awarded annually for distinguished contributions in applied mechanics.

Brother: Vladimir Timoshenko (professor of economics)
Wife: Alexandra Archangelskaya (physician, m. 1902, d. early 1950s)
Daughter: Anna Timoshenko Hetzelt
Son: Gregory S. Timoshenko (professor of engineering)
Daughter: Marina Timoshenko Goodier

    High School: Technical Realschule, Romny, Ukraine
    University: BA Engineering, St. Petersburg Institute of the Railways (1901)
    University: PhD Engineering, Kiev Polytechnic Institute (1907)
    Teacher: Engineering, St. Petersburg Institute of the Railways (1901-03)
    Teacher: Engineering, St. Petersburg Polytechnical Institute (1903-05)
    Teacher: Engineering, University of Göttingen (1905-06)
    Professor: Materials Enginering, Kiev Polytechnic Institute (1907-11, 17-19)
    Teacher: Engineering, St. Petersburg Institute of the Railways (1911-14)
    Professor: St. Petersburg Institute of the Railways (1914-17)
    Professor: Materials Engineering, Zagreb Polytechnic Institute (1920-22)
    Professor: Applied Mechanics, University of Michigan (1927-36)
    Professor: Engineering, Stanford University (1936-64)

    Cresson Medal 1958
    James Ewing Medal 1963
    Levy Medal 1944
    Timoshenko Medal 1957
    Accademia dei Lincei
    American Association for the Advancement of Science
    American Geophysical Union
    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    American Mathematical Society
    American Philosophical Society
    American Society of Mechanical Engineers
    French Academy of Sciences Foreign Member
    National Academy of Sciences 1941
    Royal Society 1944
    Society of Automotive Engineers
    Ukrainian Academy of Sciences
    Russian Academy of Sciences 1928
    Westinghouse Engineer (1923-27)
    Vibration Specialty Company Engineer (1922-23)
    Naturalized US Citizen
    Ukrainian Ancestry

Author of books:
Applied Elasticity (1925, with J. M. Lessells)
Vibration Problems in Engineering (1928)
Strength of Materials (1930, two volumes)
Theory of Elasticity (1934, with J. N. Goodier)
Elements of Strength of Materials (1935)
Theory of Elastic Stability (1936)
Theory of Plates and Shells (1940, with S. Woinosky-Krieger)
Engineering Mechanics (1937, with D. H. Young)
Theory of Structures (1940, with D. H. Young)
Advanced Dynamics (1948, with D. H. Young)
The History of the Resistance of Materials from Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo to the Present Day (1953)
Engineering Education in Russia (1959)
As I Remember (1963, memoir)
Mechanics of Materials (1972, with J. M. Gere)

Appears on postage stamps:
ukraine, (20k, portrait, issued 1998)


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