John R. (Jack) Howell has enjoyed a life-long interest in antique mechanical equipment. He and his wife, Susan Conway, have traveled extensively and have visited many engineering and technical sites around the world. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Science, and an Honorary Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He recently retired from teaching in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas-Austin, and these three books reflect his interests since retiring.
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