R. W. Yeung honored as Georg Weinblum Lecturer

Professor Ronald W. Yeung has been named the 25th Georg Weinblum Memorial Lecturer (2002-2003) in recognition of the many outstanding contributions to the field of marine hydrodynamics that he has made during a very successful career in education and scientific research. This international Lecturership was established to honor individuals who exemplify the spirits and ideals of Georg P. Weinblum. The lecture series was inaugurated in 1978 by a group of German and American scientists and friends of the late Georg Weinblum, in continuing the tribute to his many invaluable contributions to the field. The Memorial Lecture is presented each year by an internationally recognized authority and is sponsored in Germany by Institut fur Schiffbau of the University of Hamburg and in the United States by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and the Naval Studies Board of the National Research Council. The lecturers are chosen by a Selection Committee representing the Institut fur Schiffbau, the Fachausshuss Schiffhydrodynamik der Schiffbautechnischen Gesellschaft, and the Journal of Ship Research Committee and Analytical Ship Wave Relation Panel (H-5) of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. The lectures are offered for publication in the Journal of Ship Research or Schiffstechnik. The inauguration lecturer in 1978 was Professor John Wehausen, Emeritus, University of California at Berkeley.

Professor Yeung will present his research lecture on November 20, 2002 in Hamburg, Germany and a repeat lecture in March 2003 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.


Georg P. Weinblum

Georg Weinblum began his lifelong work on ship hydrodynamics as a student in St. Petersburg. He completed his studies in Danzig and in 1921 he joined the Technical University of Berlin, where he became a professor, and worked part of the time at the Preussiche Versuchsanstalt fur Wasserbau und Schiffbau. He left in 1938 to become a director of a firm engaged in the development of hydrofoil boats. In 1943 he became a professor of naval architecture at the Technical University of Danzig. After the war he worked for the British Admiralty for a year, and from 1948-1952 he worked at the David Taylor Model Basin in the USA. In 1952 he became director of the Institut fur Schiffbau at the University of Hamburg, where he worked for the rebirth of German research and education in naval architecture. At the same time he was a professor at the Technical University of Hanover.

Georg Weinblum's important scientific contributions covered several aspects of ship hydrodynamics: wave-resistance theory, maneuvering, ship motions, and hydrofoils. Throughout his work he exploited theory to discover what useful information it could give for ship design. This began with an investigation of ships of minimum wave resistance for his doctoral dissertation in 1929 and an early recognition of the importance of analytical representations of ship hulls. In other pioneering research he correctly stressed the importance of considering hydrodynamic, in addition to hydrostatic, forces when evaluating ship motions in a seaway.

For those privileged to have worked with Georg Weinblum, the effect of his enthusiasm, scholarship, and encouragement was profound and lifelong. He inspired a conviction that problems of ship theory are important and solutions within grasp. In addition, he cared not only about the theories but also the people who made them.


Georg Weinblum Lecturers

Title of Lecture
2002-2003 Ronald W. Yeung
Berkeley, USA
Modeling Viscosity Effects in Surface-Wave Problems
2001-2002 Hideaki Miyata
Tokyo, Japan
Towards Virtual Reality by Computational Physics
2000-2001 Francis Noblesse
Bethesda, USA
Analytical Representations of Ship Waves
1999-2000 Bernard Molin
Marseilles, France
Numerical and Physical Wavetanks: Making Them Fit
1998-1999 Aad J. Hermans
Delft, The Netherlands
The Role of Applied Mathematics in Hydrodynamics for Ships and Floating Offshore Structures
1997-1998 Heinrich Soeding
Hamburg, Germany
Limits of Potential Theory in Rudder Flow Predictions
1996-1997 Justin E. Kerwin
Cambridge, USA
Experiences in Modeling and Computing Flows with Lift
1995-1996 Lars A. Larsson
Goethenberg, Sweden
CFD in Ship Design - Prospects and Limitations
1994-1995 Touvia Miloh
Tel Aviv, Israel
Ship Motion in Non-homogeneous Media (in the Presence of Density Stratification and over Muddy Bottoms)
1993-1994 Masatoshi Bessho
Tokyo, Japan
Consistent Linearized Thoery of Wave-making Resistance of Ships.
1992-1993 Odd M. Faltinsen
Trondheim, Norway
On Seakeeping of Conventional and High-Speed Vessels
1991-1992 John Pershing Breslin
Hoboken, USA
Induced Effects on Propeller Inflow
1990-1991 Ernest Oliver Tuck
Adelaide, Australia
Ship-Hydrodynamic Free-SurfaceProblems Without Waves
1989-1990 Karl Wieghardt
Hamburg, Germany
A Characteristic of Three-Dimensional Turbulence
1988-1989 John NicholasNewman
Cambridge, USA
The Numerical Towing Tank - Fact or Fiction?
1987-1988 Hajime Maruo
Yokohama, Japan
Ship Motion in Non-homogeneous Media (in the Presence of Density Stratification and over Muddy Bottoms)
1986-1987 Som Deo Sharma
Hamburg, Germany
On the So-Called Memory Effects in Ship Hydrodynamics
1985-1986 Fritz J. Ursell
Manchester, England
Mathematical Observations on the Method of Multipoles
1984-1985 Marshall P. Tulin
Santa Barbara, USA
Surface Waves from the Ray Point of View
1983-1984 Theodore Y. Wu
Pasadena, USA
The Shallow Water Effects - Do Steady Disturbances Always Result in Steady Responses?
1982-1983 George E. Gadd
Feltham, England
Some Effects of Scale in Ship Model Testing
1981-1982 Louis Landweber
Iowa City, USA
Interactions between Viscosity and Ship Waves
1980-1981 Takao Inui
Tokyo, Japan
From Bulbous Bow to Free Surface Shock Wave - Twenty Years' Trend of Research on Ship Waves at the Tokyo University Tank
1979-1980 Otto Grim
Hamburg, Germany
Propeller and Vane Wheels as Possible Propulsion Device for Ships
1978-1979 John V. Wehausen
Berkeley, USA
Ship Theory, Ship Design and Georg Weinblum.
Transient Pheonomena Observed in Passage over Obstructions

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