In Memory of Professor Alan L Kistler

Author by: Siavash H Sohrab*

Article Type: Opinion

Published: June, 2023

DOI: 10.31031/NRS.2019.1.000513

Journal Name: Novel Research in Sciences

Abstract: As a friend and colleague of Alan from Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University and on behalf of our department and its chair Prof. Kevin Lynch, I express my condolences to Alan’s family and his friends. As many of you know, Alan was an expert in fluid mechanics and got his PhD in 1955 from Johns Hopkins University and after two years serving in U.S. Army he worked at Jet Propulsion Laboratory on turbulent fluid mechanics and from 1961-1965 he was a professor at Yale University. He then returned to California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as manager of Fluid Physics Division. In 1969, he joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University. Amongst many warm memories, I recall that once a week Alan and I along with Art Kovitz and Dick Tankin, who also worked in the area of fluid mechanics, we went to lunch at an all-you-can-eat Polish restaurant called Lone Tree. I am not going into details regarding the amounts of food Art Kovitz and Dick Tankin consumed!