Thomas A. McMahon

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Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, United States 
Area:
Biomechanics, locomotion
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Thomas McMahon, accomplished scientist and novelist.

Memorial services for Thomas A. McMahon, the Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Mechanics and professor of biology, will take place on Friday, Feb. 19, at 2 p.m. in the Storey Chapel of Mount Auburn Cemetery.

The 55-year-old scientist and author died suddenly on Feb. 14, 1999, while recovering from surgery.

Throughout his life, McMahon successfully united science and literature, using the imaginative resources of one world to enrich his work in the other.

As a scientist, McMahon used principles of engineering and physics to unlock the secrets of animal locomotion. He and his students explored, for example, how springlike properties of muscles, tendons, and reflexes govern important mechanical features of running and walking. With Toby Hayes and Steve Robinovitch, McMahon co-invented a hip-padding system for preventing osteoporotic fractures in the elderly.

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Parents

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Ascher Shapiro grad student 1966-1970 MIT (Biomechanics Tree)

Children

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Rodger Kram grad student CU Boulder (Biomechanics Tree)
Claire T. Farley grad student 1987-1991 Harvard
X. Edward Guo grad student 1994 Harvard (Chemistry Tree)
Hugh Herr grad student 1993-1998 Harvard (Biomechanics Tree)
Elizabeth L. Brainerd post-doc Harvard (Biomechanics Tree)
Jiping He post-doc Harvard
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Peel MC, McMahon TA. (2014) Estimating evaporation based on standard meteorological data - progress since 2007 Progress in Physical Geography. 38: 241-250
McMahon TA, Peel MC, Szilagyi J. (2013) Comment on the application of the szilagyi–jozsa advection–aridity model for estimating actual terrestrial evapotranspiration in "estimating actual, potential, reference crop and pan evaporation using standard meteorological data: A pragmatic synthesis" by McMahon et al. (2013) Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 17: 4865-4867
McMahon TA, Peel MC, Lowe L, et al. (2013) Estimating actual, potential, reference crop and pan evaporation using standard meteorological data: A pragmatic synthesis Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 17: 1331-1363
Brown AE, Western AW, McMahon TA, et al. (2013) Impact of forest cover changes on annual streamflow and flow duration curves Journal of Hydrology. 483: 39-50
Finlayson BL, Peel MC, McMahon TA. (2012) Discussion of: Finkl, C.W. and Cathcart, R.B., 2011. the morning glory project: A Papua New GuineaQueensland Australia undersea freshwater pipeline, journal of coastal research, 27(4), 607618 Journal of Coastal Research. 28: 979-981
Petheram C, McMahon TA. (2012) Towards a framework for the rapid prediction of dam construction and operational and maintenance costs in Australia Proceedings of the 34th Hydrology and Water Resources Symposium, Hwrs 2012. 1191-1198
McMahon TA, Peel MC, Pegram GGS, et al. (2011) A simple methodology for estimating mean and variability of annual runoff and reservoir yield under present and future climates Journal of Hydrometeorology. 12: 135-146
Finlayson BL, Peel MC, McMahon TA. (2011) Understanding global hydrology Water Resources Planning and Management. 23-45
Peel MC, Srikanthan R, McMahon TA, et al. (2011) Ensemble Empirical Mode Decomposition of monthly climatic indices relevant to Australian hydroclimatology Modsim 2011 - 19th International Congress On Modelling and Simulation - Sustaining Our Future: Understanding and Living With Uncertainty. 3615-3621
Srikanthan R, Peel MC, McMahon TA, et al. (2011) Ensemble Empirical Mode Decomposition of Australian monthly rainfall and temperature data Modsim 2011 - 19th International Congress On Modelling and Simulation - Sustaining Our Future: Understanding and Living With Uncertainty. 3643-3649
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