Ahmed Cemal Eringen

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Ahmet Cemal Eringen [1]
Born(1921-02-15)15 February 1921
Kayseri, Turkey
Died7 December 2009(2009-12-07) (aged 88)
Nationality Turkish
Citizenship Turkish American
Turkey, U.S.
Alma mater Technical University of Istanbul, İstanbul-Turkey
Known for
Awards Eringen Medal (1977)
Scientific career
Fields Applied mechanics
Institutions Princeton University
Purdue University
Illinois Institute of Technology
Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, New York City
Thesis Solution of the Two-dimensional Mixed-mixed Boundary Value Problem of Elasticity For Rectangular, Orthotropic Media And Application To The Buckling Of Sandwich Beams [1]
Doctoral advisor Nicholas John Hoff [1]
Influenced Ahmet S. Çakmak, [2] Erdoğan S. Suhubi, Fazıl Erdoğan, [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] Erhan Kıral, Erhan Çınlar, Ahmet Nihat Berker, Attila Aşkar

Ahmet Cemal Eringen [1] (February 15, 1921, in Kayseri, Turkey – December 7, 2009 [8] [9] ) was a Turkish- American engineering scientist. He was a professor at Princeton University and the founder of the Society of Engineering Science. [10] The Eringen Medal is named in his honor. [10]



Eringen studied at the Technical University of Istanbul and graduated with a diploma degree in 1943 and then worked for the Turkish Aircraft Co. until 1944. In 1944/45, he was a trainee at the Glenn L. Martin Company and in 1945 was group leader at the Turkish Air League Company. He continued his studies at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in New York City where he received his doctorate in applied mechanics in 1948 [11] under the supervision of Nicholas J. Hoff. [12]

Academic life

He became assistant professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1948, associate professor in 1953 and professor in 1955 at Purdue University. He was appointed as professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at Princeton University in 1966. He became professor of continuum mechanics in the departments of civil and geological engineering and the program in applied and computational mathematics [13] at Princeton University. He retired in 1991 as the dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University and died in 2009. Eringen had been married since 1949 and had four children.

Research areas

His work deals with continuum mechanics, electrodynamics of continua and material theories.


In 1981 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow (D. Sc.). In 1973 he received the Distinguished Service Award and the 1976 as named in his honor A. C. Eringen Medal of the Society of Engineering Science, whose president he was in 1963 to 1973. [8]


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  1. 1 2 3 4 Ahmed Cemal Eringen at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. Çakmak came to Princeton as a graduate student in 1957 after earning his undergraduate degree in engineering in Turkey. He earned his Ph.D. in 1962 from Princeton in what was called the Department of Civil and Geological Engineering. He became an assistant professor in 1963, associate in 1969, and full professor in 1972. As a theoretician, Çakmak has made contributions to the mechanics of dissipative media, analytic methods in structural dynamics, transient flows of liquids through inhomogeneous media, seismic wave scattering and earthquake engineering. As a teacher, he was instrumental in shifting the department's educational emphasis from engineering practice to engineering science. Hagia Sophia in Istanbul is of particular interest to him; he contributed to efforts to protect the church and other ancient landmarks from earthquake damage and incorporated studies of the church and Byzantine architecture into freshman seminars. He plans to finish a book on Byzantine architecture.
  3. Fazıl Erdoğan was elected in 1997 as a member of National Academy of Engineering in Mechanical and Materials Engineering for contributions to fracture mechanics.
  4. Fazıl Erdoğan, was a professor emeritus of mechanical engineering and mechanics and dean emeritus of the college of engineering at Lehigh University
  5. Fazıl Erdoğan's books on Applied Mechanics and Mathematics
  6. 1994 Timoshenko Medal Acceptance Speech by James R. Rice
  7. Obituaries: Fazil Erdogan
  8. 1 2 A. Cemal Erigen - Society of Engineering Science (SES)
  9. "Ahmed Eringen, died on December 7, 2009 at the age of 88 (1966-1991, civil engineering and operations research) in Princeton University Bulletin, vol. 99, No: 9, page 2, Obituary section, published March 1, 2010" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-07-01. Retrieved 2016-03-31.
  10. 1 2 Ahmed Cemal Eringen was elected a fellow of the Society of Engineering Science together with Harold Liebowitz and Warren Perry Mason in 1975.
  11. Ahmed Cemal Eringen at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  12. Continuum Mechanics Through the Twentieth Century, Gérard A. Maugin, 2013
  13. PACM, The Program in Applied & Computational Mathematics at Princeton University.