A PERSONAL RETROSPECTIVE CELEBRATION
Begell House Publishers, Inc
New York, NY, USA
Member, iNEER Board
Invited Keynote Speech
Delivered at the 4th Baltic Heat Transfer Conference
Kaunas, Lithuania, August, 2003
It is, therefore, with the greatest of pleasure, respect, satisfaction and most impressive set of memories and feelings that I have accepted the invitation of Academician Jurgis Vilemas and all my local Lithuanuan friends to be here today and address with a few words the Fourth Baltic Heat Transfer Conference. This is an exceedingly high honor to do so, and I accept it in all humility. It is indeed a humbling experience to be speaking about Algirdas. Before I begin telling the story of how mine and Žukauskas lives became intertwined through a set of coincidences and unbelievable historical events, I want to explain my previous statement about single- phase convective heat transfer.
By no means did I mean to restrict the activity and interests of Algirdas to single phase convective heat transfer, but in a moment of a frank conversation in my hotel room during one of the many heat transfer conferences we had attended together and in answer to my question of “Why does your Institute specialize in single phase research?” he said: “Bill, having been around heat transfer people all my life, I have come to the conclusion that the two-phase specialists, the boiling people, become overly emotional over their work, their correlations, their experiments, and their results. Boiling becomes an integral part of their nature and personality and two-phase problems often turn into schizophrenia. I became paranoid of becoming schizophrenic and have therefore chosen to limit my research to single- phase convective heat transfer”
Now, my Baltic friends, this is a real interdisciplinary approach to research! Combining psychiatry with engineering studies. Hypochondria to the nth degree! Without the slightest intention to insult anybody, I wonder how many heat transfer people here, in this audience, have turned schizoid as a result of working with multiphase problems, as predicted and defined by Professor Žukauskas.