Ray William Clough, was Byron L. and Elvira E. Nishkian Professor of Structural Engineering in the department of Civil Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley and one the founders of the Finite Element Method. His article in 1956 was one of the first applications of this computational method. He coined the term â€œfinite elementsâ€ in an article in 1960.
Fall, 2008 Dr. Ray Clough was recognized as a â€œLegend of Earthquake Engineeringâ€ at the World Conference of Earthquake Engineering in China. Dr. Clough is renowned for his pioneering work in the field of earthquake engineering, and credited with the development and application of a mathematical method, finite element analysis, that has revolutionized numerical modeling of the physical world. Dr. Clough extended the method to enable dynamic analysis of complex structures and co-authored the definitive text on structural dynamics. Three decades later, this text is still in wide use. He also transformed the field through the development of fundamental theories, computational techniques, and experimental methods. Dr. Cloughâ€™s accomplishments are not, however, limited to engineering research. During his almost 40 years at Berkeley he taught, advised, and mentored numerous students, providing them the education, inspiration, and opportunities needed to make their own significant contributions.