- One skilled in the theory or construction of machines.
- To build such a device will require an expert mechanician.
- a1891, Constance Garnett (translator), Leo Tolstoy (author),
Anna Karenin, in The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction, P.F.
Collier & son (1917), page 214,
- "The mechanician came when I was away; I haven't seen him yet," he said, not looking at her.
- The Yankees, the first mechanicians in the world, are engineers-- just as the Italians are musicians and the Germans metaphysicians-- by right of birth. -- from From The Earth To The Moon by Jules Verne.
- The Cotton-Gin is a machine to separate the seeds from cotton, invented by that celebrated mechanician, E. Whitney. -- from the 1828 Webster's Dictionary.
- One skilled in building, using, or repairing machines, or who makes machines or tools.
- One skilled in mechanics.
- A machinist.
- A scientifically trained practitioner.
- A mechanic.
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A Mechanician is an engineer or a scientist working in the field of mechanics, or in a related or sub-field: engineering or computational mechanics, applied mechanics, geomechanics, biomechanics, and mechanics of materials. Names other than mechanician have been used occasionally, such as mechaniker and mechanicist.
People who made lasting contributions to mechanics more than 100 years ago
- Abū Sahl al-Qūhī: variation of weight and distance from centre of mass
- Alhazen: attraction between masses, acceleration due to gravity, law of inertia, first law of motion
- Al-Jazari: crank, reciprocating motion, double-acting principle
- Al-Khazini: variation of gravity and distance from centre of mass, distinction between force, mass and weight
- Guillaume Amontons: laws of friction
- Augustin Louis Cauchy: elasticity
- Leonhard Euler: buckling, rigid body dynamics
- Galileo Galilei: notion of strength
- Josiah Willard Gibbs: thermodynamics
- William Rowan Hamilton: Hamiltonian mechanics
- Heinrich Rudolf Hertz: contact mechanics
- Robert Hooke: Hooke's law
- Gustav Kirchhoff: theory of plates
- Joseph Louis Lagrange: Lagrangian mechanics
- Pierre-Simon Laplace: effects of surface tension
- Claude-Louis Navier: elasticity, fluid mechanics
- Sophie Germain: elasticity
- Issac Newton: Newton's laws, law of gravitation
- Siméon Denis Poisson: elasticity
- Saint-Venant: elasticity
- George Gabriel Stokes: fluid mechanics
People who made lasting contributions to mechanics and died in recent 100 years
- Stephen Timoshenko: author of many lasting textbooks, father of modern applied mechanics
- John D. Eshelby: inclusion in elastic body
- Alan Arnold Griffith: founder of Fracture mechanics
- George Rankine Irwin: father of modern Fracture mechanics
- Theodore von Karman: Fluid mechanics, Structural instability
- Warner T. Koiter: Solid mechanics, Structural instability
- Richard Edler von Mises: Plasticity
- Ludwig Prandtl: Fluid mechanics, Plasticity
- Geoffrey Ingram Taylor: Fluid mechanics, theory of dislocations.
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