A Guide to the Victor G. Szebehely Papers, 19241997





Creator: 
Szebehely, Victor G., 19211997 

Title: 
Szebehely, Victor G., Papers 

Dates: 
19241997 

Abstract: 
The bulk of the Victor G. Szebehely
Papers, 19241997 relate to Szebehely’s professional career, and consist of
correspondence, biographical data, financial records, research and teaching
materials from various universities such as lecture notes, articles, papers and
course books, as well as clippings and travel records. 

Accession No.: 
AR 98207; 2001207 

OCLC No.: 
944450239 

Extent: 
15 ft., 6 in. 

Language: 
Materials are written in English. 

Repository: 
Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The
University of Texas at Austin 
Victor Szebehely (19211997) was a scientific researcher, professor and the author of
18 books and 200 articles. His interests include ship dynamics, and aerospace
engineering, which he taught at the University of Texas at Austin between 1968 and
1997.
Szebehely was born in Budapest, Hungary on August 21, 1921, and he received his PhD
in engineering at the University of Budapest in 1946. A year later, in 1947, he
immigrated to the United States, and became a naturalized citizen in 1954. Szebehely
conducted research and taught at several institutions, including the University of
Budapest, Virginia State University, the University of Maryland, and Yale University
before accepting a position at the University of Texas at Austin in 1968. He also
worked for the Navy in Washington, D.C., in the 1950s.
Szebehely studied earthtomoon trajectories and is known for his theories on the
“threebody problems,” which involved predicting the movements of three large
objects in space, whether they are planets, space vehicles or both. According to his
findings, it would be impossible for any combination of these three bodies to
sustain lasting stability, forcing the smallest object to move away from the others.
As a professor and researcher, he was internationally recognized and celebrated for
his work in engineering, and was knighted by Queen Juliana of the Netherlands in
1956. He was also the recipient of several awards, including the Vanderlinden Award
of the Belgian Royal Academy (1987), the General Electric Senior Research Award
(1994), and the international award Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in Rome, Italy
(1997). He was a member of the National Academy of Engineering and was elected
Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Szebehely was married twice and had a daughter named Julia Agnes Szebehely with his
second wife Jo Betsy. Szebehely, who held the Richard B. Current Centennial Chair in
Engineering at UT, had retired only weeks before his death on September 13, 1997 in
Austin, Texas.
Sources:
Stanley, Dick. “Dr. Victor Szebehely,” Austin American Statesman, September 16, 1997.
Dubick, Stephanie. “UT Professor Victor Szebehely dead at 76,” Daily Texan, September
16, 1997.
Burkhart, Ford. “Victor Szebehely, 76, Pioneer In Field of Orbital Mechanics,” The
New York Times, September 28, 1997.
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Subjects (Persons) 


Szebehely, Victor., 1921 

Subjects (Organizations) 


Texas. University at Austin 


College of Engineering at the University of Texas at
Austin 

Subjects 


Threebody problem 


Celestial mechanics 


Aerospace engineering 

Places 


Budapest (Hungary) 


Austin (Tex.) 
Victor G. Szebehely, 19241997, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The
University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Amanda Reyes, July 2015.
Detailed Description of the Papers















Onsite at SRH: 
box 
2.325/P107 


Course book, "The History of Space Flight," by Hans Mark,
ASE363L, Fall 1989. 
box 
2.325/N43b 


Oversized 















Offsite: 
box 
98207/1 


Biographical personalia: 




Biographical data, 19431997 




Hungary: 





General, 19381990 





Correspondence, 19761995 





Correspondence, printed material, clippings, 19901995 




Yale University, 19661968 




Hungarian correspondence, 19471951 




Student: immigration correspondence, 19471951 




Personal documents, 19271954 




Passports, 19311980 




APSI (Szebehely Gyözö) 




Honorary doctorate, 1991 




ASEE General Electric Senior Research Award, 1944 




European Academy of Sciences, 1992 




Lecture notes and speeches, 19361975 




Consulting, 19631966 




Research materials and notes: history of math and science, 19461993 




Lingua Latina (Latin expressions), 19741975 




Virginia Polytechnic Institute: speeches and correspondence, 19481951 




Notes and clippings, 19581961 




Registration as a professional engineer, 19731974 




Richard B. Curran Chair at the University of Texas, 19921996 




Recommendations, written, 19951996 




Publicity, awards, and career highlights 
box 
98207/2 


University of Texas teaching materials: 




Orbital mechanics handouts and miscellaneous constants, 19701995 




Lecture notes, 19761989 




366K: 





Lectures: 






1987 






19901993 





Handouts, 1995 




Tests: 





#1, 19701994 





#2, 19701994 





#3, 19701971 




Regularization, 1976, 1979, 1982, 1985, 1997 




Stability lectures, 19951997 




Lecture, April 1997 




Theory of Orbits II, 19801996 
box 
98207/3 



Theory of Orbits lecture notes, 19901995 




Graduate students, 19901995 




Mars Atmospheric Balloon Extended Liaison 




History of the Russian Space Flight from Competition to
Cooperation 




Libration pointcomputer project 




The Three Body (Restricted) Problem, 1992 




The Three Body Problem, 1992 




The Restricted Three Body Problem, Lagrang Solutions, 1993 




Orbital analysis of Lagrang Points Four and Five, EarthMoon
system, 1993 




SunJupiter system, 1993 




Numerical computation of trajectories of a Three Body
Problem, 1993 




Final report for Theory of Orbit, 1993 




Analysis of the General Problem of Three Bodies for bodies of
equal mass, 1993 




Analysis of motion of the Three Body Problem, 1993 




Theory of Orbits, 1993 




A study of the Isosceles Problem of the Three Bodies, 1993 




Numerical Integration of Selected Prognose Orbits, 1994 




How truncation of the geopolitical affects the stability of
higheccentricity orbits, 1995 




Reduction of the Restricted Three Body Problem to third order
systems, 1995 




LongTerm Stability of Orbits with Large SemiMajor Axes, 1996 




Double Averaged Third Body Perturbations, 1996 




A System of Celestial Mechanics, 1997 




The Inverse Problem of Celestial Mechanics, 1997 




QuasiSatellite Orbits in the Restrictive and Elliptic
Restricted Problem, 1997 




Application of the Pseudostate Theory of the ThreeBody
Lambert Problem, 1993 




Investigation of the Chaotic Parameters of the MDO Program, 1997 




Chaotic Motion of Equatorial Elliptic Orbits, 1997 




EjectionCollision Orbits with the More Massive Primary in
the Planar Elliptic Restricted ThreeBody Problem, 1997 




Moon's Effect of the Moon of Highly Eccentric Satellite for
Short Terms, 1997 




The Effects of the Moon on the Highly Eccentric Earth Orbits, 1997 




University of Texas letterhead 




Class Questionnaires, 1993 




Committee on chairs, 19931995 




International study committee, 19931994 




Strategic plan, 1993 




Strategic plan draft 




Qualifying Exam: 





19841985 





19861988 





19881990 





19911994 





1995 
box 
98207/4 


Travel: 




Entertainment and travel expense receipts, 19921997 




Faculty Center 




Greece, 1964 




Leiger, Hamburg, Paris, Copenhagen, London, 1966 




Helsinki, Moscow, Leningrad, Athens, Zurich, Obsterwolfach, 1966 




Budapest (Fulbright), 19891990 




Sailing, 19691971 




Hawaii, 1969 





NATO grant, 1996 





1997 




Cotina, 1993 




Prog's workshopNATO, 1992 




Nice, 1991 




Hawaii, 1993 




London, 1993 




Austria, 1996 




American Astronomical Society, 1988 




Purple Sage, 1995 




Hungarian trip, 1990 




Paper for Italy, 1997 




Colorado, 1996 




Albuquerque, 1995 




SSNIP, 1995 




Meetings in Ramsan, 1992 




SSNIPBoston, 1996 




Budapest, 1995 




Halifax, 1995 




AIAA/AAS meeting, 1991 




Budapest, May 1991 




Presentations, 1996 




Visitors, 1996 
box 
98207/5 


Articles, papers and lectures: 




19361961: 





Lectures in Budapest, 19361941 





"Rate of Solution and Evolution of Aircraft Engine Oils," 1948 





"New Method of Determining Gear Rations," 1944 





"Voltage Distribution chain Insulators of Power
Lines," 1944 





"Basic Definitions, Formulas, and Important Numerical
Values in Fluid Mechanics," 1949 





"Flow Problems of Variable Viscosity," 1950 





"Gas Evolution in Liquids and Cavitation," 1950 





"An Analogy Between Open Soap Bubble and Compressible
Flow," 1950 





"Comments on Truesdell's Paper on Bernoulli's Theorem for
Viscous Compressible Fluids," 1950 





"Generalization and Improvement of the Hydraulic
Analogy," 1951 





"Relation between Gas Evolution and Physical Properties
of Liquids," 1951 





"Investigation of the Motion of a Sphere in a
SemiInfinite Fluid," 1951 





"The Improved Hydraulic Analogy," 1951 





"Experimental and Theoretical Aspects of Skewed Rigid
Frame Bridges," 1951 





"Influence of the Second Coefficient of
Viscosity," 1951 





"New Analogy for Compressible Flow
Phenomena," 1951 





"A Mathematical Analysis of the Formal Analogy between
Hydromechanics and Elasticity," 1951 





"Progress ReportCertain Mathematical Aspects of skewed
Rigid Frame Bridge Analysis," 1951 





"The Exact Analogy Between Free Surface Water Flow and
Two Dimensional Gas Flow," 1951 





"Local Compressible Pressure Coefficient," 1951 





"The Analogy Between Elastic Solids and Viscous
Liquids," 1951 





"Measures of Unsteadiness," 1952 





"The Hydraulic Analogy as a Teaching Aid," 1952 





"Preliminary Experimental Investigation of
Slamming," 1952 





"Hydrodynamic Approach to the Slamming of
Ships," 1952 





"On the Problem of Three Bodies in a Plane," 1952 





"Hydrodynamics of Slamming of Ships," 1952 





"Generalization of the Dimensions Frequency Parameter in
Unsteady Flows," 1952 





"Unsteady and Amplitude Effects on the Moment Derivatives
of a Prolate Spheroid," 1953 





"A Measure of Unsteadiness of Time Dependent
Flows," 1953 





"Compressible Viscous Liquids," 1953 





"On Slamming, European Shipbuilding," 1954 





"Bibliography of Slamming," 1954 





"Oscillatory Motion of a Spheroid," 1954 





"Progress in Theoretical and Experimental Studies of Ship
Slamming," 1954 





"Hydrodynamic Application of Some New Integral
Transformations," 1954 





"Hydro and Aerodynamics," 1955 





"Hydrodynamic Impact Measurements," 1955 





"Ship Slamming in Head Seas," 1955 





"Model Experiments on Slamming of a Liberty Ship in Head
Seas," 1955 





"Apparent Pitching Axis," 1956 
