José María Lanz y Zaldívar (1764–1839)

  • Carlos S. López CajúnEmail author
Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 7)


The Mexican José María Lanz y Zaldívar was one of the authors, together with the Spaniard Agustín de Betancourt, of the first book about industrial kinematics, dealing with mechanisms classification in a systematic fashion. The book, written in French, was published first in Paris in 1908 and later was translated to English and German. Furthermore, at the end of the eighteenth and the first part of the nineteenth centuries, apparently Lanz y Zaldívar played an important role in developing modern engineering in Europe.


Nineteenth Century Mechanism Design Modern Engineering Descriptive Geometry Mechanism Classification 
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The author wishes to thank to Elga Egorova for providing some of the information written in the Introduction of this work. Also the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología of Mexico under grant 51410-Y.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Facultad de IngenieríaUniversidad Autónoma de QuerétaroQuerétaroMéxico

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