Robert Willis and Franz Reuleaux: pioneers in the theory of machines

  title={Robert Willis and Franz Reuleaux: pioneers in the theory of machines},
  author={Francis C. Moon},
  journal={Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London},
  pages={209 - 230}
  • F. Moon
  • Published 22 May 2003
  • Engineering
  • Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London
In this paper, the contributions of two pioneers of kinematics and machine design, Robert Willis FRS (1800–75) of Cambridge University, and Franz Reuleaux (1829–1905) of the Royal Technical University of Berlin, are compared. The process of designing complex machines using mathematical, science–based methods is one of the important achievements of the late industrial age and was advanced by Willis and Reuleaux. These new ‘engineer–scientists’ broke with the workshop tradition of machine… 

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