Edward L. Wilson

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Edward L. Wilson (born September 5, 1931 in Ferndale, California) is an American civil engineer and academic who is known for his contributions to the development of finite element method. He was the T.Y. and Margaret Lin Professor in Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is currently the Professor Emeritus at the civil and environmental engineering, UC Berkeley.[1] Wilson is a member of the National Academy of Engineering[2] and is a recipient of The John von Neumann Award.[3]

Wilson is considered to be one of the early pioneers in the field of finite element analysis and its applications.[4] He is credited with having written the first widely accepted computer package for structural analysis (SAP)[5] and has co-authored the widely cited book in FEM, "Numerical Methods in Finite Element Analysis", with Klaus-Jurgen Bathe.[6]


Born in Ferndale, California, Wilson received his B.S., M.S., and D.Eng. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in 1955, 1959, and 1963 respectively. He earned the master's and a doctoral degree under Ray W. Clough.[7]


  1. ^ Edward L. Wilson at the University of California, Berkeley
  2. ^ "CEE Faculty - Selected Awards". UC Berkeley. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  3. ^ "Award Recipients". United States Association for Computational Mechanics. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  4. ^ Anwar Bég, O. (2003). Giants of Engineering Science. Troubador Publishing Ltd. ISBN 9781899293520. Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  5. ^ Jianping Geng; Weiqi Yan; Wei Xu, eds. (2008). Application of the Finite Element Method in Implant Dentistry. Springer. ISBN 978-7-308-05510-9. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  6. ^ "SLAC Library Catalog". SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  7. ^ Carrabine, Laura. "Early Masters of the Mesh". ASME International. Retrieved 2009-09-03.