James N. Goodier

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James N. Goodier
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Born (1905-10-17)17 October 1905
Preston, Lancashire, England
Died 5 November 1969(1969-11-05) (aged 64)
Los Gatos, California
Citizenship United States
Fields Engineering
Alma mater Cambridge University
University of Michigan
Doctoral advisors Charles Inglis (engineer)
Stephen Timoshenko
Known for Work in elasticity and plastic deformation.

James Norman Goodier (October 17, 1905 – November 5, 1969) was professor of applied mechanics at Stanford University known for his work in elasticity and plastic deformation.[1]

He was born in Preston, Lancashire, England and studied engineering at Cambridge University.[2] He was awarded a Commonwealth Fund Fellowship which enabled him to continue his studies at the University of Michigan where he earned his doctorate in 1931 under the direction of Stephen Timoshenko with a dissertation titled Compression of Rectangular Blocks, and the Bending of Beams by Nonlinear Distributions of Bending Forces. Timoshenko moved to Stanford University in 1936 and Goodier eventually succeeded him there.[3]

He was co-author of two classic books in this field:"Theory of Elasticity," with Timoshenko, 1951; and "Elasticity and Plasticity," with P. G. Hodge, Jr., 1958 and was awarded the Timoshenko Medal by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1961. He was chairman of the Applied Mechanics Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers 1945-46, and was elected Fellow of that Society in 1964. He had more than fifty doctoral students,[2] one of whom was George F. Carrier.


  1. ^ Obituary (1970) Mechanical Engineering 92, 111.
  2. ^ a b "Memorial Resolution: James Norman Goodier (1905 – 1969)" (PDF). Stanford Historical Society. 
  3. ^ Gillmor CS (2004) Fred Terman at Stanford: Building a Discipline, a University, and Silicon Valley, Stanford University Press.

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