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Robert Deissler

Giants of Heat Transfer
Giants of Heat Transfer


Robert Deissler began his broad heat transfer career in 1947 at the NACA Aircraft Engine Research Laboratory, which would later become NASA Glenn. He gained early recognition in the field for a series of papers dealing with turbulent flow and heat transfer of variable-property fluids in pipes or tubes. He quickly advanced to chief of the Heat Transfer Branch. Deissler was recognized as a major contributor to the theory of turbulent-flow heat transfer, and he authored many papers and articles, as well as an authoritative text book, on the subject. In 1957 he received the Exceptional Service Award from the NACA for his contributions to the understanding of heat transfer problems associated with aircraft nuclear propulsion. Among his numerous other honors, Deissler received the Max Jakob Memorial Award in 1975 from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and American Institute for Chemical Engineering AICE for the prestigious achievement of distinguished service in the area of heat transfer. He was honored as an ASME fellow in 1977 and as an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) fellow in 1982. He retired in 1994 and passed away on August 16, 2015.


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