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06/13/1995 07:00:00

Knauss to Receive Murray Medal from Society for Experimental Mechanics

PASADENA—Caltech professor Wolfgang Knauss will receive the 1995 Murray Medal on June 14 at the spring conference of the Society for Experimental Mechanics in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Murray Medal, established in 1952, is one of the society's highest honors. Knauss will receive a plaque and a gold medallion bearing a bust of William M. Murray, the founder and first president of the society, and will also present the 1995 Murray Lecture.

Knauss, a professor of aeronautics and applied mechanics at Caltech, will receive the prize "in recognition of his outstanding achievements in experimental investigations of time-dependent failure/fracture response of materials." He studies the origin and expansion of cracks that arise from defects in plastics, rubber, composite materials, and adhesives—research that has applications to the design and safety of airplanes, spacecraft, pipelines, and many other structures. Knauss earned his BS, MS, and PhD at Caltech, and joined the faculty as a research fellow in 1963.

The Society for Experimental Mechanics is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization founded in 1943. The society's objective is to promote and encourage the furtherance of knowledge pertaining to experimental mechanics.

Written by John Avery