Mechanical engineering professor Ernst R. G. Eckert, was a pioneer in the sciences of heat transfer and thermodynamics.
Eckert was internationally known for his early development of jet engines and later work on increasing rocket efficiency.
He taught at the University of Minnesota from 1951 to 1973.
Eckert was born in 1904 in Prague, where he studied at the German Institute of Technology. During World War II, he
developed methods for jet engine turbine bladecooling at a research laboratory in Prague. He emigrated to the United States
after the war, and served as a consultant to the U.S. Air Force and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics before
coming to Minnesota.
In addition to being named to the National Academy of Engineering in 1970, Eckert held seven honorary doctorates, authored
more than 500 articles and received several medals for his contributions to science. His book "Introduction to the Transfer of Heat
and Mass," published in 1950, is still considered a fundamental text in the field. Eckert was an excellent mentor to junior faculty
and researchers, and he had a reputation for being warm and kindly.and was a a leading figure in bringing together engineering
in the East and West during the Cold War years.