Collection includes articles and papers by Hoff on aircraft
structures and other matters, 1944-1981; diplomas, awards and other biographical
materials, 1928-1997; and materials he collected on the history of aviation including
articles, reports, and photographs, 1903-1958.
Nicholas J. Hoff was a professor emeritus of aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford
University at the time of his death in 1997. Born on Jan. 3, 1906 in the small town of
Magyarovar in western Hungary, he came to Stanford in 1939 for graduate work and earned
his Ph.D. in 1942. He taught at the Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn before returning
to Stanford in 1957 to start an independent department of aeronautical engineering. In
1965 he published a famous textbook titled "The Analysis of Structures." Although his
focus was primarily on aeronautical structures, much of his work was extremely general
and has been applied in a number of different fields.
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