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Biography

AbstractImportant DatesOccupationPlacesSubjects

Relationships

PeopleInstitutions

Resources

Archival as AuthorPublished as Author

H. W. Emmons

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Dates

August 30, 1912 – November 20, 1998

Authorized Form of Name

Emmons, H. W. (Howard W.)

Additional Forms of Names

Emmons, Howard Wilson, 1912-1998

Biography

Abstract

Howard W. Emmons was Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Harvard University (1940-1998). Other institutional affiliations included the University of Pennsylvania and Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company. His research interests included fire science and boundary layer flows.

Important Dates

August 30, 1912Birth, Morristown (N.J.).

1933Obtained ME, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken (N.J.).

1935Obtained MS, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken (N.J.).

1937 – 1939Research Engineer, Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company.

1938Obtained ScD in Engineering, Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1939 – 1940Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania.

1940 – 1955Consultant, Ballistics Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, United States Army.

1940 – 1978Consultant, Pratt and Whitney.

1940 – 1998Assistant Professor to Professor of Mechanical Engineering (1940-1983) and Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering (1983-1998), Harvard University, Cambridge (Mass.).

1946 – 1952Consultant, Naval Ordnance Laboratory, United States Navy.

1949 – 1955Member, Advisory Board, Naval Ordnance Test Station, United States Navy.

1956 – 1973Member, Fire Research Committee, National Academy of Sciences.

1957 – 1958Hunsaker Visiting Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

1960 – 1971Member, Space Science Technology Panel, Office of Science and Technology, Executive Office of the President.

1970 – 1974Chair, Massachusetts Science and Technology Foundation.

1974 – 1975Member, Massachusetts Nuclear Safety Commission.

1979 – 1985Member, Gas Centrifuge Theory Consulting Group.

1981 – 1983Chair, National Engineering Laboratory, National Bureau of Standards.

1982Awarded Fluid Dynamics Prize, American Physical Society.

November 20, 1998Death, Boston (Mass.).

Occupation

Mechanical engineer.

Places

Birth

Morristown (N.J.)

Undergraduate Education

Hoboken (N.J.)

Graduate Education

Cambridge (Mass.)

Employment

Cambridge (Mass.)

Death

Boston (Mass.)

Subjects

Boundary layer.

Combustion.

Fire prevention.

Fluid mechanics.

Mechanical engineering.

Supersonic wind tunnels.

Relationships

People

Advisors & Collaborators

Atreya, Arvind

Advised by Emmons at Harvard University in Engineering Sciences.

Berry, C. Howard (Charles Howard)

PhD advisor at Harvard University.

Beyler, Craig Lynn

Advised by Emmons at Hughes Associates.

Colleagues

Armstrong, J. A. (John A.)

Both employed at Harvard University.

Beasley, Malcolm

Both employed at Harvard University.

Bienenstock, Arthur

Both employed at Harvard University.

Bloembergen, N.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Bode, Hendrik W. (Hendrik Wade), 1905-1982

Both employed at Harvard University.

Brooks, Harvey

Both employed at Harvard University.

Carrier, George F.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Clark, N. A. (Noel Anthony), 1940-

Both employed at Harvard University.

Conant, James Bryant, 1893-1978

Both employed at Harvard University.

Condon, Edward Uhler, 1902-1974

Both employed at Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company.

Fisk, James B. (James Brown), 1910-1981

Both employed at Harvard University.

Kastner, Marc A.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Meyer, Robert B.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Raney, William P.

Both employed at Harvard University.

Slepian, Joseph, 1891-

Both employed at Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company.

Van Vleck, J. H. (John Hasbrouck), 1899-1980

Both employed at Harvard University.

Wu, Tai Tsun

Both employed at Harvard University.

Institutions

Major Positions

Harvard University. Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Obtained ScD in Engineering (1938). Assistant Professor to Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Hunsaker Visiting Professor.

Pratt and Whitney Company

Consultant.

United States. Army

Consultant, Ballistics Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground.

United States. Navy

Consultant, Naval Ordnance Laboratory and Member, Advisory Board, Naval Ordnance Test Station.

University of Pennsylvania. School of Engineering and Applied Science

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company

Research Engineer

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

Received 1982 Fluid Dynamics Prize.

Massachusetts Nuclear Safety Commission

Member.

Massachusetts Science and Technology Foundation

Chair.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member, Fire Research Committee.

National Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)

Chair.

Stevens Institute of Technology. Department of Mechanical Engineering

Obtained ME and MS.

United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration

United States. Office of Science and Technology Policy

Member, Space Science Technology Panel.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Howard W. Emmons papers, 1942-1946.

Archives. Pusey Library

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

Symposium of the Division of Fluid Dynamics [sound recording] 1982 April 26.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

Fundamentals of gas dynamics.