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Johannes (Jan) M. Burgers was born in Arnhem in The Netherlands on January 13, 1895. His potential as an outstanding scholar was recognized early and he started to
 

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Johannes (Jan) M. Burgers was born in Arnhem in The Netherlands on January 13,
1895. His potential as an outstanding scholar was recognized early and he started to
work as a Professor of "Aerodynamics, Hydrodynamics and their applications" in the
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Shipbuilding Engineering, and Electrical
Engineering of the Technical University in Delft in 1918, two months before he
received his Ph.D. in Physical and Mathematical Sciences from the University of
Leiden under the supervision of Paul Ehrenfest. After an impressive career in fluid
mechanics in The Netherlands, Jan Burgers moved in 1955 to the University of
Maryland in College Park. MD, where, first as a Research Professor and subsequently
as a Research Professor Emeritus, he remained professionally active till his death on
June 7, 1981. A considerable amount of information about Jan Burgers and his work
can be found in the well-known volume edited by F.T.M. Nieuwstadt and J.A. Steketee
[1]. This volume also contains biographical information.
When we went through the Archives at the University of Maryland and at the Delft
University of Technology we found 35 typewritten pages of biographical notes written
by J.M. Burgers himself in 1962. These autobiographical notes cover two topics: a first
chapter about his environment at home and a second chapter dealing with school and
university education. In the manner that these autobiographical notes were written, it
would seem that they were intended to be followed by additional chapters. However,

  

Source: Anisimov, Mikhail - Institute for Physical Science and Technology & Department of Chemical Engineering and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Maryland at College Park

 

Collections: Physics; Materials Science