August Föppl

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August Föppl
August Föppl
Born25 January 1854
Died12 October 1924 (1924-10-13) (aged 70)
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorGustav Heinrich Wiedemann
Doctoral studentsHermann Föttinger
Ludwig Prandtl

August Otto Föppl (25 January 1854 – 12 August 1924)[1] was a professor of Technical Mechanics and Graphical Statics at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He is credited with introducing the Föppl–Klammer theory and the Föppl–von Kármán equations (large deflection of elastic plates).

His doctoral advisor was Gustav Heinrich Wiedemann and one of Föppl's first doctoral students was Ludwig Prandtl, his future son-in-law.

In 1894, Föppl wrote a widely read introductory book on Maxwell's theory of electricity, titled Einführung in die Maxwellsche Theorie der Elektrizität.[2] Gerald Holton argues, that some arguments of Föppl concerning electromagnetic induction, had some influence on Albert Einstein's first paper on special relativity.[3]


  1. ^ Bromberg, Joan (1970–80). "Föppl, August". Dictionary of Scientific Biography. 5. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. pp. 63–64. ISBN 978-0-684-10114-9.
  2. ^ Föppl, August (1894). Einführung in die Maxwellsche Theorie der Elektrizität. Leipzig: B. G. Teubner. (This was the first German-language textbook on Maxwell's theory of electrodynamics and one of the books that influenced Einstein.)
  3. ^ Holton, Gerald (1988) [1973], Thematic Origins of Scientific Thought: Kepler to Einstein (revised ed.), Harvard University Press, ISBN 0-674-87748-9

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