Truesdell, C. (Clifford), 1919-2000

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Birth 1919-02-18
Death 2000-01-14

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C. Truesdell (1919- ) is a student of rational mechanics and its history. He was educated at the California Institute of Technology, and Brown and Princeton universities, and has held positions at the Naval Ordnance and Research Laboratories (1946-1951), Indiana University (1950-1961) and The Johns Hopkins University (1961- ).

From the description of Truesdell, C., papers, 1939-1989. (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 19504161

Clifford Ambrose Truesdell III (1919-2000) was born in Los Angeles, California, on February 18, 1919. He was educated at the California Institute of Technology (B.S., mathematics and physics, l941; M.S., mathematics, 1942), Brown University (Certificate in Mechanics, 1942), and Princeton University (Ph.D., 1943). Truesdell worked briefly at the University of Michigan, the Radiation Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Naval Ordnance and Research Laboratories, before taking positions at Indiana University (1950-1961) and The Johns Hopkins University (l961-1989). Truesdell's primary research interest was rational mechanics, a branch of mathematics involving the mathematical formulation and deductive study of the concepts of mechanics. He published numerous books and papers in several areas of rational mechanics, including continuum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and thermodynamics. Truesdell wrote extensively on the history of rational mechanics, especially of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He founded three journals: Journal of Rational Mechanics and Analysis (co-founder, 1952), Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis (founder, 1957), and Archive for History of Exact Sciences (founder, 1960). Truesdell died on January 14, 2000.

From the guide to the C. Truesdell Papers, 86-31; 89-4., 1921-1989, (Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)

Mathematician and professor of rational mechanics at Johns Hopkins University, 1961- .

From the description of Papers, 1939-1984. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84004516


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  • Mechanics, Analytic--Research
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  • Statistical mechanics
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