Gerhard Damköhler

Gerhard Damköhler (16 March 1908 – 30 March 1944) was a German chemist. From 1936 to 1944, Damköhler was the head of chemical reaction engineering at the Institute of Physical Chemistry in Göttingen. Damköhler numbers are named after Damköhler, as is the Gerhard Damköhler medal awarded by the German Association of Chemical and Process Engineering (DVCV).

Gerhard Damköhler
Born(1908-03-16)16 March 1908
Died30 March 1944(1944-03-30) (aged 36)
Scientific career
FieldsChemical Engineering, Fluid Dynamics, Thermodynamics

BiographyEdit

Gerhard Damköhler was born on 16 March 1908 in Klingenmunster in West Central Germany, the son of a physician. Following the usual primary and gymnasium education, he enrolled in the summer of 1926 at the University of Munich to study chemistry with A. Sommerfeld, graduating five years later summa cum laude with a doctor of philosophy for a dissertation entitled "Individuality of the Osmotic Behavior of Alkalihalogenides." He remained at the university for three more years as a grant supported research fellow, during which time he began to display a marked ability for developing and applying analytical methods to practical problems in chemical engineering. This work attracted the notice of Arnold Eucken, the director of Göttingen University's Institute of Physical Chemistry, who offered Damköhler a position as an assistant that he took up in December 1934.[1] Gerhard took his own life on 30 March 1944. Part of the reason was the political pressure put on him to contribute to the Luftwaffe's jet engine development program.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Damköhler was described as a highly intelligent man who worked "25 hours a day". He was married for seven years and had no children.[3]

Published WorkEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Inger, George R. (2001). "Scaling Nonequilibrium-Reacting Flows: The Legacy of Gerhard Damkohler". Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. 38 (2): 185–190. doi:10.2514/2.3692. Retrieved 12 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Inger, George R. (2001). "Scaling Nonequilibrium-Reacting Flows: The Legacy of Gerhard Damkohler". Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. 38 (2): 185–190. doi:10.2514/2.3692. Retrieved 3 October 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Inger, George R. (2001). "Scaling Nonequilibrium-Reacting Flows: The Legacy of Gerhard Damko-yen;hler". Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. 38 (2): 185–190. doi:10.2514/2.3692.

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