Stepan Prokopovych was born in Shpotvka, Russian Empire back in 1878. He graduated from St. Petersburg Institute of Engineers Ways of Communication in 1901. He stayed at that institution for two years after graduation as an instructor. In 1906, he was appointed to the Chair of Strength of Material at the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute leaving in 1911.
He moved back to St. Petersburg where he worked as a Professor in the Electrotechnical Institute and the St. Petersburg Institute of the Railways from 1911-1917.
In 1922, he moved to the United States working for Westinghouse Electric Corporation until 1927. He moved again to be a faculty professor at the University of Michigan creating the first bachelor’s and doctoral programs in engineering mechanics. His textbooks have been published in 36 languages. My word limit is near so let’s wrap this up.
What you may not know about Stepan Prokopovych Timoshenko is that he is considered the father of modern engineering mechanics. His findings on engineering mechanics, elasticity and strength of materials are still widely used today. The Timoshenko Medal is given annually for distinguished contributions in applied mechanics.
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