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Earle Hesse Kennard

Born: Aug 2, 1885

Death: Jan 31, 1968

Birthplace: Columbus

Nationality: United States

Earle Hesse Kennard

Date of Birth : Aug 2, 1885
Date of Death : Jan 31, 1968
Birth Place : Columbus

Earle Hesse Kennard was a theoretical physicist and professor at Cornell University. He was born in Columbus, Ohio and studied at Pomona College and Oxford University. He went on to earn his Ph.D. from Cornell in 1913, where he would continue most of his scientific career. During a 1926 sabbatical spent at the University of Gottingen, he learned the newly developing quantum mechanics of Werner Heisenberg and Pascual Jordan. With this knowledge, he derived the first rigorous form of the uncertainty principle and fully solved several simple quantum mechanics problems for the first time. In 1926, he was appointed professor of physics at Cornell, which he remained until 1946. In 1941, still at Cornell, he became a part-time consultant at the David Taylor Model Basin, the United States Navy modelling facility. In the period 1946–49 he was the head of the hydromechanics laboratory, and from 1950 until 1957 he was head of the structural mechanics laboratory. From 1957 until his retirement in 1960 he was a general scientific consultant to the commanding officer of the DTMB. Also after his retirement he continued to work for the DTMB under contract.

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  • E. H. Kennard
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