Ray William Clough was born on July 23, 1920, in Seattle and died on October 8, 2016.
He 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 of the founders of the finite element method (FEM).
Clough article in 1956 was one of the first applications of this computational method.
Clough coined the term “finite elements” in an article in 1960.
During the Fall, 2008 Clough was recognized as a “Legend of Earthquake Engineering” at the World Conference of Earthquake Engineering in China.
He was known for his 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.
Ray William Clough passed away at 96 years old.