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Ali H. Nayfeh

Ali H. Nayfeh was a Palestinian-Jordanian mathematician, mechanical engineer, and physicist, credited with having been the most influential scholar/scientist in the area of applied nonlinear dynamics in mechanics and engineering. 

He was born on December, 21, 1933, in Tulkarm, Mandatory Palestine, and made important contributions to a number of fields in his career, among them aerodynamics, perturbation techniques, nonlinear oscillations, and micromechanics. In addition, he authored over one thousand publications. He was also a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Society of Design and Process Science, and more. 

Before his rise to fame, Ali received his Bachelor in Engineering Science Degree from Stanford University. He received his Master of Science and PhD in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford as well. 

Throughout his career, Ali received the Thomas K. Caughey Dynamics Award, the Virginia Academy of Science’s Life Achievement in Science Award, and the Benjamin Franklin Medal in mechanical engineering, among many other awards.


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