James N. Goodier


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]

James N. Goodier
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Born(1905-10-17)17 October 1905
Died5 November 1969(1969-11-05) (aged 64)
Alma materCambridge University
University of Michigan
Known forWork in elasticity and plastic deformation.
AwardsTimoshenko Medal
Fulbright Award Cambridge
Honorary degree University of Michigan
George Westinghouse Award (ASEE)
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorsCharles Inglis (engineer)
Stephen Timoshenko

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 from 1945 to 1946, 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. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 February 2012.
  3. ^ Gillmor CS (2004) Fred Terman at Stanford: Building a Discipline, a University, and Silicon Valley, Stanford University Press.

External linksEdit

  • James N. Goodier at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  • J. N. Goodier Papers
  • Stanford Daily News, November 7, 1969. http://stanforddailyarchive.com/cgi-bin/stanford?a=d&d=stanford19691107-01.2.11 Retrieved March 8, 2015.