Stephen TimoshenkoStepan (Stephen) Prokofyevich Timoshenko
), is reputed to be the father of modern engineering mechanics
. He was born in the village of Shpotivka of Chernihiv region in Ukraine
and was educated in St Petersburg
. He lectured at Kyiv University before fleeing to the USA
. He joined the staff of Stanford University
. He wrote many of the seminal works in the areas of engineering mechanics and strength of materials
, many of which are still available today.