View Full Version : G.J. van Ingen Schenau passed away

Ton Van Den Bogert
04-03-1998, 05:43 AM
Dear subscribers,

I just received the news that Dr. Gerrit Jan van Ingen Schenau
has passed away. He died yesterday, April 2nd, of cancer.

His contributions to the field of biomechanics are numerous.
Starting with an interest in the biomechanics of speedskating,
he contributed enormously to the general understanding of muscle
coordination during human movement, energetics of movement, and
the special functions of biarticular muscles. This work will
always remain influential through many, many publications and
through work continued by his former students and collaborators.

It is fortunate that he lived to see the great success of his
invention: the clapskate. This was one of the rare instances that
a biomechanical finding has caused a revolution in sport. Just last
weekend at the world championships in Calgary, world records were
shattered at every single event in men's and women's speedskating.
(http://www.kin.ucalgary.ca/oooc/98single.htm, http://www.sportsci.org)

This is a great loss for biomechanics, we will miss him as an excellent
scientist and no less as a wonderful, unique person.

-- Ton van den Bogert, Biomch-L co-moderator