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Stephen Timoshenko



December 23, 1878 – May 29, 1972

Authorized Form of Name

Timoshenko, Stephen, 1878-1972

Additional Forms of Names

Timošenko, S., 1878-1972

Timoshenko, S., 1878-1972

Timoshenko, S. P., 1878-1972

Timoshenko, Stepan Prokofʹevich, 1878-1972

Tymošenko, Stepan, 1878-1972

Тимошенко, С. П. (Степан Прокофьевич), 1878-1972



Stephen Timoshenko was Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University (1944-1972). Other institutional affiliations included University of Michigan and Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company. His research interests included applied elasticity, theory of elasticity and structures, vibration in engineering, and strength of materials.

Important Dates

December 23, 1878Birth, Shepetivka (Ukraine).

1901Obtained Engineering Diploma, Institute of Engineering, Saint Petersburg (Russia).

1901 – 1902Military Service, Russian Army.

1902 – 1903Research Assistant, Mechanics Laboratory, Institute of Engineering, St. Petersburg.

1903 – 1904Instructor, St. Petersburg Polytechnic Institute.

1904 – 1906Attended University of Göttingen, Göttingen (Germany).

1906 – 1911Professor of Strength of Materials and Dean, Division of Structural Engineering, Kiev Polytechnic Institute, Kiev (Ukraine).

1913 – 1918Professor, St. Petersburg Polytechnic and Electrotechnic Institute, Saint Petersburg (Russia).

1918 – 1919Professor, Kiev Polytechnic Institute.

1920 – 1922Professor, Zagreb Polytechnic Institute.

1922Engineer, Vibration Specialty Company.

1922 – 1927Research Engineer, Westinghouse Research Laboratory, Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company, Pittsburgh (Pa.).

1927 – 1936Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Mich.).

1932Obtained PhD in Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Mich.).

1936 – 1972Professor of Mechanical Engineering (1936-1944) and Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering (1944-1972), Stanford University, Stanford (Calif.).

1940Member, National Academy of Sciences.

May 29, 1972Death.





Shepetivka (Ukraine)

Undergraduate Education

Saint Petersburg (Russia)

Graduate Education

Göttingen (Germany)

Ann Arbor (Mich.)


Kiev (Ukraine)

Saint Petersburg (Russia)

Pittsburgh (Pa.)

Ann Arbor (Mich.)

Stanford (Calif.)



Mechanical engineering.





Archangelskaya, Alexandra

Wife. Married in 1902.


Slepian, Joseph, 1891-

Both employed at Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company.

Terman, Frederick Emmons, 1900-1982

Both employed at Stanford University.


Major Positions

Kyïvsʹkyĭ politekhnichnyĭ instytut

Professor of Strength of Materials and Dean, Division of Structural Engineering.

S.-Peterburgskiĭ politekhnicheskiĭ institut


Stanford University. Department of Mechanical Engineering

Professor and Emeritus Professor.

University of Michigan. College of Engineering

Obtained PhD in Electrical Engineering (1932). Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Vibration Specialty Company


Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company

Research Engineer, Westinghouse Research Laboratory.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)


Universität Göttingen

Attended from 1904-1906.


Archival Resources


Stephen Timoshenko papers, 1928-1957.

Manuscript Division

Library of Congress

James Madison Memorial Building, First Street and Independence Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20540, USA

Published Resources


Advanced dynamics, by S. Timoshenko and D. H. Young.

As I remember : the autobiography of Stephen P. Timoshenko / [by] Stephen P. Timoshenko ; translated from the Russian by Robert Addis.

Collected papers.

Elements of strength of materials, by S. Timoshenko ... and Gleason H. MacCullough …

Engineering mechanics / by S. Timoshenko and D.H. Young.

History of strength of materials : with a brief account of the history of theory of elasticity and theory of structures.

Theory of elasticity, by S. Timoshenko …

Theory of structures / by S. Timoshenko and D. H. Young.


"Stephen P. Timoshenko: 1878-1972", Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences