Thomas R. Kane

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Thomas R. Kane
Born (1924-03-23) March 23, 1924 (age 92)
Vienna, Austria
Residence United States
Fields Applied mechanics
Institutions Stanford University
Alma mater Columbia University (BS Mathematics and Civil Engineering; MS Civil Engineering; PhD Applied Mechanics)
Notable students Peter Likins
Influences William Rowan Hamilton, Joseph Louis Lagrange, Isaac Newton
Notable awards D'Alembert Award (2005)

Thomas R. Kane (born March 23, 1924) is a professor emeritus of applied mechanics at Stanford University.[1] In the 1960s, Kane devised a method for formulating equations of motion for complex mechanical systems that requires less labor and leads to simpler equations than the classical approaches, while avoiding the vagueness of virtual quantities. The method is based on the use of partial angular velocities and partial velocities. [2][3][4][5]


  1. ^ Supplement to Who's who in America, Volume 44. Marquis Who's Who. 1987. p. 470. 
  2. ^ Kane, Thomas R.; Levinson, David A. (1985), Dynamics, Theory and Applications, McGraw-Hill series in mechanical engineering, McGraw Hill, ISBN 0-07-037846-0, hdl:1813/638 
  3. ^ Kane, T. R.; Levinson, D. A. (March–April 1980). "Formulation of Equations of Motion for Complex Spacecraft". Journal of Guidance and Control. 3: 99–112. doi:10.2514/3.55956. 
  4. ^ Josephs, Harold; Huston, Ronald (2002). Dynamics of Mechanical Systems. CRC Press. pp. 415–423. ISBN 978-0-8493-0593-1. 
  5. ^ Rosenthal, D.E.; Sherman, M. A. (July–September 1986). "High Performance Multibody Simulations Via Symbolic Equation Manipulation and Kane's Method". The Journal of the Astronautical Sciences. 34: 223–239.