J.R.BARBER graduated in Mechanical Sciences from Cambridge University in 1963 and joined British Rail, who later sponsored his research at Cambridge between 1965 and 1968 on the subject of thermal effects in braking systems. In 1969 he became Lecturer and later Reader in Solid Mechanics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1981 he moved to the University of Michigan, where he is presently Arthur F Thurnau Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics. He is a Chartered Engineer in the U.K., Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and has engaged extensively in consulting work in the field of stress analysis for engineering design.
He is author of two books ('Elasticity' and 'Intermediate Mechanics of Materials') and over 160 articles in the fields of Elasticity, Thermoelasticity, Contact Mechanics, Tribology, Heat Conduction and Elastodynamics. He is a recipient of the Drucker Medal of ASME and the Archie Higdon Distinguished Educator Award of ASEE. He has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Mechanics and Mathematical Problems in Engineering and is a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Mechanical Sciences, the Journal of Thermal Stresses, MilleChili Journal and Acta Tribologica.