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Eric Reissner

AKA Maxwell Erich Reissner

Born: 5-Jan-1913
Birthplace: Aachen, Germany
Died: 1-Nov-1996
Location of death: San Diego, CA
Cause of death: Cancer - unspecified

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

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Reissner shear-deformation plate theory

Mathematician and engineer Eric Reissner developed the Reissner shear-deformation plate theory, which explains mathematically how flat objects respond to stress or when a force is applied to them. This led to the modeling of forces on surfaces such as structural floors and the metal skins of airplane wings, and allowed significant advances in civil and aeronautical engineering. He also conducted important research into the principals of elasticity and the behavior of elastic beams, plates and shells. His father, Hans Jacob Reissner, was a noted aeronautical engineer.

Father: Hans Jacob Reissner (aeronautical engineer, b. 18-Jan-1874, d. 2-Oct-1967)
Mother: Josefine Reichenberger Reissner (b. 22-Aug-1881, m. 6-Jun-1906, d. 2-May-1947)
Sister: Dorothea Gertrud Reissner Wilcken (b. 14-Sep-1915, d. 7-Aug-2003)
Brother: Edgar Wilhelm Reissner (engineer, d. 1974)
Sister: Eva Sabine Reissner
Wife: Johanna Reissner (m. 1938, one daughter, one son)
Daughter: Eva Reissner Ewing
Son: John Eric Reissner

    University: BS Applied Mathematics, Berlin Technical University (1935)
    University: MS Civil Engineering, Berlin Technical University (1936)
    University: PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1938)
    Teacher: Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1938-47)
    Professor: Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1947-69)
    Professor: Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences, University of California at San Diego (1969-79)

    Guggenheim Fellowship 1962
    ASME Medal 1988
    Timoshenko Medal 1973
    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    American Society of Civil Engineers
    American Society of Mechanical Engineers
    National Academy of Engineering 1976
    Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory (1956-57)
    NASA Langley Research Center (1948-55)
    Naturalized US Citizen 1945
    German Ancestry Paternal
    Romanian Ancestry Maternal

Author of books:
Elementary Differential Equations (1961, with William Martin)
Selected Works in Applied Mechanics and Mathematics (1996)

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