Birthdate: February 11, 1928
Birthplace: Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, UK
Citizenship: Naturalized US citizen, 1972
Married: Ellen Cecilia Warner; two daughters
1955-57 M.I.T. and Harvard University: Commonwealth Fund Fellow
1950-53 University of Nottingham, UK PhD, gas-turbine-blade heat-transfer research
1948-50 Post-graduate apprenticeship: Brush Elec.Eng.Co.,Ltd., UK
1945-48 University of Birmingham, UK BSc, first-class honors
1937-45 Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School, UK Higher school certificate
1994 – Professor of mechanical engineering, emeritus, MIT
1971- 94 Professor, mechanical engineering Massachusetts Inst.of Technology
1966-71 Associate professor, ” ”
1960-66 VP & technical director, UK & US Northern Research & Engg. Corp.
1958-60 Senior lecturer, mechanical engg. Univ. Ibadan (Zaria) Nigeria
1957-58 Senior gas-turbine designer Ruston & Hornsby, Lincoln, UK
1956-57 Visiting engineer, gas turbines, Boeing Airplane Company
1955-56 Visiting fellow MIT and Harvard University
1953-55 Engineer, gas turbines Brush Elec.Engg.Co, Ltd., UK
1953-53 Ship’s seventh engineer officer Donaldson Line, Glasgow, UK
1950-53 Brush fellow, research assistant Nottingham University, UK
AWARDS AND HONORS:
1945 Johnson prize for best academic performance of year, Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School
1950-52 Brush research fellowship Nottingham University, UK
1954 T. Bernard Hall prize, Inst.Mech.Eng. Best research paper of year
1954 Inst. Mech. Engrs. scholarship Power Jets School of GT Technology
1955 Lord Weir first prize, Inst.Mech.Eng. Best graduate paper of 1954
1955-57 Commonwealth Fund fellowship MIT and Harvard University
1974 Industrial Research IR-100 award pilot sorting system.
1974 Reclamation Industries Intl. prize for pilot sorting system.
1993 Erskine Fellowship University of Canterbury, NZ
RECENT RESEARCH ACTIVITIES:
Pump design for artificial heart: Abiomed Inc.
Gas-turbine hybrid engines: Lincoln Laboratory.
Regenerator development (several patents awarded): MIT and individually
Multimedia design instructional systems (EDICS): National Science Foundation.
Exhaust-heated cycles for coal-burning gas turbines: US Dept. of Energy.
Improvements to axial-flow-turbine preliminary design: GE Aircraft Engines, Lynn, MA.
Nozzle-rotor wake-interaction study (T.P. Korakianitis): GE Aircraft Engines, Lynn, MA.
High-efficiency Brayton-cycle engines: Department of Commerce.
Two-phase flow in centrifugal pumps: Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory.
GAS-TURBINE REGENERATORS (with D. S. Beck), Chapman & Hall, 1996;
HUMAN-POWERED VEHICLES (with Allan Abbott), Human Kinetic Publishers, 1995;
THE DESIGN OF GAS-TURBINE ENGINES, International Gas Turbine Institute, 1991;
THE DESIGN OF HIGH-EFFICIENCY TURBOMACHINERY AND GAS TURBINES, first edition The MIT Press, 1984; second edition (with T.P.Korakianitis) Prentice-Hall 1997;
THE HEALTH EFFECTS OF FOSSIL-FUEL BURNING (with Richard Wilson et al.), Ballinger, 1981;
BICYCLING SCIENCE, first edition 1974, second edition 1982, third edition 2004,The MIT Press;
SOLID-WASTE-MANAGEMENT HANDBOOK (editor), Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1977;
THE TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF URBAN SOLID WASTE (editor), Technomic, 1972.
SERVICE ON COMMISSIONS:
Alternative automobile engines, Office of Science & Technology, panel member;
Alternative automobile engines, Natl. Academy of Sciences, consultant panel;
Atmospheric chloro-fluoro-carbons, Natl. Academy of Sciences, panel member;
Legislative commission on solid-waste recycling, Commonwealth of Massachusetts;
Legislative commission on the MBTA (public transportation), Commonwealth of
Massachusetts, staff member; and
Local commissions on solid wastes and transportation topics.
Gas-turbine design; Turbomachinery design; Design of thermal power systems: (graduate)
Introduction to design; Design projects: Thermodynamics (occasional): (undergraduate)
Faculty director, MITES program (Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science)
Office of Minority Education: interim director
SOME CONSULTING ACTIVITIES:
Specialized propulsion systems: General Electric Company
Advanced propulsion engines: Dept. of Defense (through DARPA & IDA)
Advanced propulsion engines: Vought Corp., AVCO Lycoming
Space power-system design: Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories.
Design of pump for artificial heart, Abiomed, Inc.
Human-powered vehicles; hiking; tennis; music; policy studies.”)