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Timeline [Source: Wikipedia]
· 1452–1519 Leonardo da Vinci made many contributions
· 1750: Euler–Bernoulli beam equation
· 1826: Claude-Louis Navier published a treatise on the elastic behaviors of structures
· 1873: Carlo Alberto Castigliano presented his dissertation “Intorno ai sistemi elastici”, which contains his theorem for computing displacement as partial derivative of the strain energy. This theorem includes the method of least work as a special case
· 1874: Otto Mohr formalized the idea of a statically indeterminate structure.
· 1936: Hardy Cross‘ publication of the moment distribution method which was later recognized as a form of the relaxation method applicable to the problem of flow in pipe-network
· 1942: R. Courant divided a domain into finite subregions
· 1956: J. Turner, R. W. Clough, H. C. Martin, and L. J. Topp’s paper on the “Stiffness and Deflection of Complex Structures” introduces the name “finite-element method” and is widely recognized as the first comprehensive treatment of the method as it is known today