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Jack B. Kuipers Collection

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Title: Jack B. Kuipers Collection, 1953-2006Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/160

Primary Creator: Jack B. Kuipers (1921-)

Extent: 12.0 Boxes

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Abstract

Professor of mathematics at Calvin College and pioneer in virtual reality technology. The collection details applied aerospace dynamics, conventional matrix methods, and quaternion algebra; “SPASYN” (a patented space synchronizer); and other patented products. The collection includes correspondence, reports, papers, articles, Quaternions and Rotation Sequences: A Primer with Applications book chapter drafts, patent materials, book reviews, presentation photo slides, and biographical information.

Biographical Note

A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Jack B. Kuipers (1921- ) was the oldest of eight children born to Berend and Grace (née Werkeman) Kuipers.  He majored in mathematics and physics at Calvin College and earned a BS in electrical engineering and MS in automatic control engineering from the University of Michigan, and studied radar technology at MIT and Harvard University.

He served with the US Army Signal Corps during WW II and worked for various contractors in the aerospace industry during the 1950s and on the staff of the University of Michigan in the 1960s teaching courses in control and information theory.  He joined the faculty of Calvin College Mathematics Department in 1967 and was appointed professor emeritus at Calvin in 1986.

The focus of his research has been on guidance systems, particularly SPASYN (an acronym for space synchronizer) which used radio signals to determine the relationship between two objects moving through three-dimensional space. This technology has been adapted to guidance and targeting systems, air traffic control, and virtual reality. He authored Quaternions and Rotation Sequences: A Primer with Applications to Orbits, Aerospace, and Virtual Reality that has gone through many printings and became the standard reference for aerospace engineering.

He also consulted for numerous companies. For his work, Kuipers earned eight patents in the United States and nine in other countries. In 2002, he was named a distinguished alumnus by Calvin College.

Kuipers married Lois Belle Holtrop (1925- ), the daughter of Corneal and Jennie (née Kruizenga) Holtrop.  They have five children: Benjamin, Emily, Joel, Alison, and Lynne.


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Series 1: PersonalAdd to your cart.
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Folder 1: Curriculum Vitae and Biographical InformationAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Curriculum Vitae of Benjamin J. Kuipers (son of J.B.K.) "The Meaning of Life" (by B.J.K.)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: News clippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: "Pin in the Sky," Grand Rapids Press Article, re: Rotation Sequences Book --- 1998Add to your cart.
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Item 1: Distinguished Alumni Award --- 2002Add to your cart.
Item 2: QuaternionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Proposal to Study Quaternion Transformation Processing for Visual Panoramic Display --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Quaternions and Rotation Sequence --- 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 8: "Characterization and Application of Quaternions for Enhanced Computer Processing Algorithms" --- 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 9: "Introduction to the Quaternion" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Quaternions and Rotation Sequences, (Chapters 1-3) --- 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Quaternions and Rotation Sequences, (Chapters 4-9) --- 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Quaternions and Rotation Sequences, (Chapters 10-14) --- 1996Add to your cart.

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