Earle Hesse Kennard

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Earle Hesse Kennard
Born (1885-08-02)August 2, 1885
Columbus, Ohio
Died January 31, 1968(1968-01-31) (aged 82)
Claremont, California
Citizenship United States
Fields Mathematical physics
Institutions Cornell University
David Taylor Model Basin

Earle Hesse Kennard (August 2, 1885 – January 31, 1968) was a theoretical physicist and professor at Cornell University. He was born in Columbus, Ohio and studied at Pomona College and Oxford University. He went on to earn his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1913, where he would continue most of his scientific career. During a 1926 sabbatical spent at the University of Göttingen, he learned the newly developing quantum mechanics of Werner Heisenberg and Pascual Jordan. With this knowledge, he derived the first rigorous form of the uncertainty principle and fully solved several simple quantum mechanics problems for the first time.[1] In 1926, he was appointed professor of physics at Cornell, which he remained until 1946.

In 1941, still at Cornell, he became a part-time consultant at the David Taylor Model Basin (DTMB), the United States Navy modelling facility. In the period 1946–49 he was the head of the hydromechanics laboratory, and from 1950 until 1957 he was head of the structural mechanics laboratory. From 1957 until his retirement in 1960 he was a general scientific consultant to the commanding officer of the DTMB. Also after his retirement he continued to work for the DTMB under contract. Much of his research for the Navy focussed on hydrodynamics and elasticity, in particular on the theory of potential flow, the physics of underwater explosions and structural vibrations.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Kennard, E.H. (1938). Kinetic theory of gases. McGraw-Hill. OCLC 000537197. 
  • Richtmyer, F.K.; Kennard, E.H.; Cooper, J.N. (1969). Introduction to modern physics (6th ed.). McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-052506-4.  Originally by Richtmyer in 1928. Also the 1934, 1942, and 1955 editions are co-authored with Kennard (and later also with T. Lauritsen and J.N. Cooper).

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  1. ^ Kennard, E. H. (1927). "Zur Quantenmechanik einfacher Bewegungstypen". Zeitschrift für Physik 44 (4–5): 326. Bibcode:1927ZPhy...44..326K. doi:10.1007/BF01391200. 

Other[edit]

  • "Earle H. Kennard Dies, Directed Naval Laboratories". Physics Today 21 (8): 93. 1968. doi:10.1063/1.3035132. 

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