Preface by the Series Editor; Preface; 1. Al-Jazari by Lotfi Romdhane and Said Zeghloul; 2. Ivan I. Artobolevski by Konstantin Frolov, Olga Erogova and Nikolai V. Umnov; 3. Ludwig Burmester by Teun Koetsier; 4. Henry George (Harry) Ferguson by Gordon R. Pennock; 5. Juanelo by Emilio Bautista, Jose Luis Munoz and Javier Echavarri; 6. Jose Maria Lanz y Saldivar by Carlos Lopez-Cajun; 7. Nicolae I. Manolescu by Theodor Ionescu; 8. Francesco Masi by Marco Ceccarelli; 9. Adam Morecki by Teresa Zielinska and Krzysztof Kedzior; 10. Feodor Orlov (1872-1892) by Alexander Golovin, Valentin Tarabarin, and Zinaida Tarabarina; 11. Todor Pantelic by Alexsandar Veg; 12. Ferdinand Jacob Redtenbacher by Jorg Wauer, Klaus Mauersberger, and Francis C. Moon; 13. Wang Zheng by Baichun Zhang and Tian Miao; Index of names.
Marco Ceccarelli was born in Rome in 1958. He received his degree in mechanical engineering (cum laude) in 1982 from the University "La Sapienza" of Rome. At the same University he completed a Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics in 1988. In 1987 he was visiting scholar at Stanford University, U.S.A., and in 1990 he received a CNR-NATO annual grant as visiting professor at the Technical University of Valencia, Spain. Since 1990 he has been teaching courses on Mechanics of Machinery and Mechanisms, and Mechanics of Robots at the School of Engineering at the University of Cassino. Since 1996 he is Director of LARM, the Laboratory of Robotics and Mechatronics of DiMSAT, the Department of Mechanics, Structures,Environment and Territory at the University of Cassino. In 2001 he was appointed Full Professor of Mechanics of Machinery and Mechanisms at the University of Cassino. From 2003 to 2005 he was Vice Director of DiMSAT.