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Through his numerous textbooks he made a profound change in the teaching of mechanics not only in this country but wherever mechanics is taught. Timoshenko was both teacher and mentor to James Gere and provided the motivation for the first edition of this text, authored by James M. Gere and published in 1972; the second and each subsequent edition of this book were written by James Gere over the course of his long and distinguished tenure as author, educator and researcher at Stanford University.

James Gere started as a doctoral student at Stanford in 1952 and retired from Stanford as a professor in 1988 having authored this and eight other well known and respected text books on mechanics, and structural and earthquake engineering. He remained active at Stanford as Professor Emeritus until his death in January of 2008. A brief biography of Timoshenko appears in the first reference in the online References and Historical Notes section, and also in an August 2007 STRUCTURE magazine article entitled “Stephen P. Timoshenko: Father of Engineering Mechanics in the U.S.” by Richard G. Weingardt, P.E. This article provides an excellent historical perspective on this and the many other engineering mechanics textbooks written by each of these authors.