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1961

First paper from J. Wartenweiler and M. Bieri: "Untersuchungen der Mechanik menschlicher Bewegungen" (investigations on the mechanics of human locomotion), Helvetica Physica Acta, XXXIV, Fasciculus octavus. (Wartenweiler_1961)

Prof. J. Wartenweiler established a research group in biomechanics, starting their activities in his huge office in the main building of ETH Zurich.

Prof. Dr. J. Wartenweiler  
Prof. Dr. J. Wartenweiler

1967

Organiser of the first international seminar on biomechanics.

1973

Foundation of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB), Prof. J. Wartenweiler first president.

1976

After the unexpected death of Prof.  J. Wartenweiler, B. Nigg became the head of this evolving research group.

1981

B. Nigg accepted the call from the University of Calgary (CAN) and is a member of the Human Performance Laboratory.

E. Stüssi accepted the position as head of the Laboratory for Biomechanics (LfB), ETH Zurich. From now on the LfB is an autonomous research unit in the Department of Biology, ETH Zurich.

Dr. B. Nigg
Dr. B. Nigg

1989

The Laboratory for Biomechanics becomes an official research institute of ETH Zurich.

1991

Moved into the new building SWU at the ETH in Schlieren

1992

Organiser of the first European Symposium on Clinical Gait Analysis.

1995

Bone Stiffness Measurement Device (BSMD) flew on MIR Mission EUROMIR-95 ESA/EAC.

1996

Torque Velocity Dynamometer (TVD) flew on the Life and Microgravity Spacelab (LMS) Mission ESA/NASA.


1997

First Chair in Biomechanics at ETH Zurich created.

Prof. E. Stüssi become the first chair of the Laboratory/Institute for Biomechanics.

The LfB moves from Department of Biology to Department of Materials.


Prof. Dr. E. Stussi
Prof. Dr. E. Stussi

1999

Bone Stiffness Measurement Device (BSMD) flew on the French-Russian PERSEUS Mission.

2001

Organiser of the XVIIIth Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics in collaboration with the Institute of Biomedical Engineering.

2004

Moved into the new building HCI at the ETH Hönggerberg

2005

Changed from Department of Materials to Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering.


2006

Changed the name from Laboratory for Biomechanics LfB to Institute for Biomechanics IfB.

Prof. Ralph Müller joined the Institute as an Associate Professor of Biomechanics.

Prof. Dr. R. Müller  
Prof. Dr. R. Müller

2008

Prof. Jess Snedeker joined the Institute as an Assistant Professor for Orthopedic Biomechanics.

Prof. Edgar Stüssi became emeritus in June.

Prof. Ralph Müller became Director of the Institute for Biomechanics.

 

Prof. Dr. Jess Gerrit Snedeker  
Prof. Dr. Jess Gerrit Snedeker

2011

Anniversary Symposium: 50 Years of Biomechanics at ETH Zurich

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Prof. Stephen J. Ferguson became Professor of Biomechanics.


Stephen J. Ferguson  
Stephen J. Ferguson

2012

Changed from Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering to Department Health Science and Technology.

Prof. William R. Taylor became Professor of Biomechanics.

2013

Prof. Stephen J. Ferguson became Director of the Institute for Biomechanics.

Prof. Dr. William R. Taylor  
Prof. Dr. William R. Taylor

2014

Prof. Marcy Zenobi-Wong joined the Institute for Biomechanics. She is the Head of the Cartilage and Regeneration Laboratory.

2015

Prof. William R. Taylor became Director of the Institute for Biomechanics.

Marcy  
Prof. Dr. Marcy Zenobi-Wong
 
 
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