CURRICULUM VITAE OF A. K. OPPENHEIM
Antoni Kazimierz Oppenheim, Professor of Mechanical Engineering in Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley, and Faculty Senior Scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1915. He married Lavinia (Min), nee Stephens, in 1945 in Overstone near Northampton, England, with whom he lives at their home in Kensington (north of Berkeley), California. Their daughter, Terry Ann Cort, born in Berkeley in 1951, lives in El Cerrito (north of Kensington). Her two children: Jessica was born in Stockton in 1979, and Zachary also in Stockton in 1981.
Upon studying Aeronautical Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Warsaw Institute of Technology from 1933 to 1939, in 1943 he completed his studies with a degree of Dipl. Ing. in London. Thereafter, he obtained the D.I.C. (Imperial College) and Ph. D. (University of London) degrees in 1945, and was a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at City and Guilds College (London), 1945-48. In 1948 he came to the U.S.A. as an Assistant Professor at Stanford University, 1948-50. Since 1950 he has been at the University of California, Berkeley. The academic year of 1960-61 he spent in Paris as a Visiting Professor at the Sorbonne, on Senior Postgraduate Fellowship of the National Science Foundation. At the same time, as well as in 1973 and 1980, he was Professeur Associè at the University of Poitiers. In 1961-62, he held the position of Miller Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1985 he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Marseille and at the University of Goettingen.
He served on the NASA Research Advisory Committee on Fluid Mechanics over the period 1963-68; was Deputy Editor of COMBUSTION AND FLAME, the journal of the International Combustion Institute in 1972 and 1973; an Associate Editor of ASTRONAUTICA ACTA, the archive journal of the International Academy of Astronautics in 1973, and from 1974 until 1978 the Editor-in-Chief of ACTA ASTRONAUTICA, the continuation of the latter. From 1966 to 1983 he was the Executive Co-Chairman of the International Committee on Gasdynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems, responsible for the organization of biennial Colloquia on this subject.
Among the awards he received are: The 1949 Water Arbitration Prize of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (GB) for "The Calculation of Compressible Fluid Flow" published in 1948; Fellow of the American Rocket Society (currently American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics) in 1958; Member of the International Academy of Astronautics in 1963; Fellow of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers in 1966; The Pendray Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics "for outstanding contributions to the literature of the flight sciences" in 1966; D.Sc. (Eng) conferred by the University of London in 1976; Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 1978; The Numa Manson Medal of the International Colloquia on Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems "for outstanding contributions to gas dynamics of explosions and reactive systems" in 1981; Doctor honoris causa conferred by the University of Poitiers in 1981; The Dionizy Smolenski Medal of the Polish Academy of Sciences "for outstanding contributions towards advances in the knowledge of combustion and especially to dynamics of explosions and reactive systems" in 1987; The Berkeley Citation of the University of California, "the highest honor the campus bestows" in 1988; The Alfred C. Egerton Medal of The Combustion Institute "for distinguished, continuing, and encouraging contributions to the field of combustion" in 1988; Doctor honoris causa conferred by the Technical University of Warsaw in 1989; Honorary Member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1989; Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers in 1991; Fellow of Imperial College in 1995, Foreign Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences in 1997.
In 1989 the Institute for Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems inaugurated the Oppenheim Prize to be awarded bi-annually "for significant theoretical contributions". His participation in professional and honorary societies includes membership in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Society for Automotive Engineers, Pi Tau Sigma, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, and the Athenaeum. He organized the Northern California Section of the American Rocket Society in 1952, served as its president in 1956-57 and was a member of the ARS (later AIAA) National Board of Directors in 1957-61. Since 1997 he has been an active member of the Advanced Powerplant Committee in the Society of Automotive Engineers, as an organizer of debates pertaining to the Future of Combustion in Piston Engines and technical sessions on Advanced Combustion.