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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 7: Research Material],
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Series 2: Papers by Jack B. KuipersAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "Aircraft Kinematics" --- 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 14: "Attitude Control of Satellites and Space Vehicles" --- 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 15: "Coordinate Transformation Sensor" and Associated Patent --- 1971-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 16: "Design a Strap down Attitude and Heading Reference System" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: "The Distribution of End-To-End Distances in Polymer Molecules" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: "An Electromagnetic Field Distortion Measurement System" --- 1978Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "An Electromagnetic Relative Position Tracking System" --- 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "The "Fifth Wheel" Automatic Brake Control System" --- 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "The Generalized Spasyn" --- 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "A Helicopter Landing Aid Twoway V-Offset Guidance" --- 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "A Navigation and Guidance System for Offshore Technology Operations" --- 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "A New Processing Strategy for Helmet Mounted Sight and Collision Avoidance System" --- 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 7: "A Quaternion Process for Precise Electromagnetic Field Measurements" --- 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 8: "Quaternion Algebra" --- 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 9: "Quaternions and Rotation Sequences", (Given at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) --- 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 10: "Quaternions and their Geometrical Interpretation" --- undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: "Solution and Simulation of Certain Kinematics and Dynamic Problems Using Resolvers" --- 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 12Add to your cart.
Item 1: "A Transfer Function for a Vertical Gyro" --- 1975Add to your cart.
Item 2: "A Pendulous Vertical Gyro"Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "A Vertical Gyro Error" --- 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 14: "Two Way a Position and Orientation Measurement System" --- 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 15: "A View into the Nature of the Solution Space of Ordinary Differential Equations" --- 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 16: "Why do We Believe in Electrons but not in Fairies?" --- 2005Add to your cart.

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[Series 5: Patents-Other],
[Series 6: Consulting Projects],
[Series 7: Research Material],
[Series 8: Patent Law Suits],
[Series 9: Presentations],
[Series 10: Miscellaneous],
[Series 11: Papers],
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