Acta Mech 227, 939–941 (2016) DOI 10.1007/s00707-016-1601-x OBITUARY © Springer-Verlag Wien 2016 Franz Ziegler, Professor Emeritus of Rational Mechanics at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), unexpectedly passed away on January 4, 2016, just a few days after his 78th birthday. Franz Ziegler was born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, on December 12, 1937, where he grew up in modest conditions during and in the aftermath of World War II. He earned a diploma degree (Dipl.-Ing.) in Mechanical Engineering in 1961 and a doctoral degree (Dr. techn.) in 1964, both from TU Wien. From 1962 to 1971 he was employed as a University Assistant with the late Professor Heinz Parkus at the Institute of Mechanics, TU Wien. Franz Ziegler spent the academic year 1967/68 as a Max-Kade Research Fellow at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, with Professor George Herrmann at the Civil Engineering Department. In 1971 he obtained the Venia Docendi for Mechanics at TU Wien. He joined the faculty at TU Wien as Full Professor in 1972, where he taught and conducted research for over 34 years, serving as the Head of the Institute of Rational Mechanics in the Civil Engineering Department. He was Visiting Professor at Stanford University,
Acta Mechanica – Springer Journals
Published: Mar 31, 2016
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