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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 6: Consulting ProjectsAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Engineering Reports for Lear Incorporated --- 1953, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Gyro Calculations --- 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Celestrial Mechanics Calculations --- 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Lear Co. Report "Switching Rate Gyro" --- 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 5: All Attitude Autopilot --- 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Calculations and Reports for Lear Corporation --- 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Course Book Dynamics Offlight --- 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Calculations for Unspecified Projects --- 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 9: B-70 Brake System Project --- 1959-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 10: B-70 Brake System Analysis --- 1960Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Calculations for Accelerometer Development --- 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "Calculations for B-70 Brake System Project" --- 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Memorandum: "Three Degree-of-Freedom Point Mass Analytical Model" (University of Michigan) --- 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Improved Aero IA AMCS-Vertical Gyro Reference System" --- 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Sub-Contracts with Nortronics Corporations --- 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Consulting Services Agreement and Reports for Jet Electronics and Technology Incorporated --- 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 7: "An Electromagnetic Position Sensor" (Air Force Avionics Laboratory) --- 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Work for Austin Company --- 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Honeywell/Advance Technology Systems Brochure: "A.F. Magnetic Helmet Mounted Sight System" --- 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Request for Proposal for "Quaternion Transforming Processing" (Macaulay-Brown Company) --- 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Proposal to Air Force on Characterization and Application of Quaternions for Enhanced Computer Processing --- 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Invoices for Research and Consultant Work --- 1989-1991Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "Position and Orientation Measurement System" --- 1991-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Disclosure Drafts on the Gaertner Position --- 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Consulting Agreements between J.B.K. and Calvin College --- 2000-2001Add to your cart.

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[Series 7: Research Material],
[Series 8: Patent Law Suits],
[Series 9: Presentations],
[Series 10: Miscellaneous],
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