Heat transfer pioneers


Wilhelm Nusselt, 1882 - 1957

Wilhelm Nusselt            Wilhelm Nusselt was born in Nürnberg, Germany on November 25, 1882. He graduated from the Technical Universities of Berlin-Charlottenburg and München in 1904 where he studied machinery. He conducted advanced studies in mathematics and physics and became an asistant to O. Knoblauch at the Laboratory for Technical Physics in München.

In 1915 Nusselt published his pioneering paper The Basic Laws of Heat Transfer, in which he first proposed the dimensionless groups now known as the principal parameters in the theory of heat transfer.

Nusselt was a professor at the Technical Universities of Karlsruhe from 1920-1925 and in München from 1925 until he retired in 1952. Nusselt died in München on September 1, 1957.


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