Pioneers of Thermal Conductivity Measurement
Jean-Baptiste J. Fourier
Without Fourier’s contributions in mathematics and physics, scientists of today would not be where they are. Most notably, Fourier’s theory of heat flux, led to the discovery of global warming. As such, Fourier is regarded as one of the grandfathers of thermal conductivity.
Anders J. Ångström
Ångström was awarded the Rumford medal from the Royal Society in 1872, for his work with spectrum analysis. More specifically, Ångström, deduced the theory that states a spark emits, not one, but two superposed spectra; one from the metal and the other from the gas.
Gustav R. Kirchhoff
It was Kirchhoff who proposed the equation that stated the difference in heat capacity between products and reactants, accounts for the variation of heat in a chemical reaction. In 1860, Kirchhoff helped lead Robert Bunsen to the discovery of two novel chemical elements; cesium and rubidium, thanks to his extraordinary knowledge of spectral analysis.
Horatio. S. Carslaw
As lead writer and theory developer of the books: Conduction of heat in solids and Operational methods in applied mathematics, Carslaw contributed a “pure” sense to the pieces of work, while his partner, and previous student, John Conrad Jaeger contributed more of an “applied” sense.
John C. Jaeger
As an author of many books, Jaeger collaborated with Horatio S. Carslaw on two: Conduction of heat in solids and Operational methods in applied mathematics. After the passing of Carslaw, Jaeger continued his research efforts on the theory of heat conduction, to further improve the Carslaw method.
Dr. William J. Parker
Dr. William J. Parker received the highly acclaimed Thermal Conductivity Award for his dedicated work on the Laser Flash Method, which remains the most popular method of measuring the thermal diffusivity of solids.
Ronald P. Tye
Tye is an author and co-author of seven books, over 150 research papers, and has more than 700 citations. In 2005, Ronald P. Tye received the “ECTP Lifetime Award”, to honour his outstanding scientific research on thermophysical properties.
PROFESSOR MARC J. ASSAEL FIChemE
With a career spanning over 35 years, Marc Assael has published more than 186 papers in international journals, 163 papers in conference proceedings, 29 chapters, and 9 books.
Professor Sir William A. Wakeham FREng
With a lifelong career devoted to research and leadership, over 400 research items and 10,000 citations to his name, Wakeham is undoubtedly considered a founding father of modern thermal conductivity.
Dr. Vlastimil Boháč
With a career spanning over 33 years, Boháč is the author and co-author of more than 60 published research papers, and co-authored the patents for the pulse method that measures thermophysical parameters.
In 2000, he received the “INCHEBA 2000” award at the 32nd International Chemical Fair in Bratislava for his Thermophysical Transient Tester RT 1.02. The following year, Kubicar accepted the “Thermal Conductivity Award” at the 26th International Thermal Conductivity Conference and the 14th International Thermal Expansion Symposium in Cambridge, MA, for that same work.
Silas E. Gustafsson
In 2014, he was the invited speaker at the Thermophysics Conference, where he presented his paper titled: Possible Ways of Measuring the Thermal Transport Properties of Anisotrophic Materials. Dr. Gustafsson was awarded the “ITCC Thermal Conductivity Award” at the 27th International Thermal Conductivity Conference in 2003.