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Professor Leonard Vasiliev - 75th Birthday

I have known Lenard Vasiliev for many years, through our common interest in heat pipes, heat pumps and related technologies. He still works at the Luikov Heat & Mass Transfer Institute in Minsk, and the appreciation of his career, written below by his colleagues there, makes very interesting reading.

Leonard has been a member of the Editorial Advisory Bard of Applied Thermal Engineering since I founded it in 1981 as 'Heat Recovery Systems', and is an active contributor to HEXAG/PIN News. One of his paper was submitted to this issue - see later.

Professor Leonard Vasiliev started his scientific career with studies of thermal properties (thermal conductivity, heat capacity, thermal diffusivity) of solid materials at cryogenic temperatures and developed a new non-stationary method of its measurements (1960-1964) in the Luikov Heat and Mass Transfer Institute under the guidance of Professor Alexis Luikov as his supervisor. He obtained the first Doctor’s degree (Candidate of science) in 1964 in Minsk with the thesis “Thermal properties of solid materials at cryogenic temperatures” .Finally, in 1972 he obtained the second Doctor’s of Sci. degree (Doctor of science) in thermal physics in the Luikov Heat and Mass Transfer Institute with the thesis presentation: "Heat and mass transfer in capillary porous media based on heat pipe phenomena". In 1978 he was elected as a Professor in mechanical engineering at the Byelorussian Academy of Science. From 1967 to 1986 he was the head of the Cryogenic laboratory at the Luikov Heat and Mass Transfer Institute. During the same period he gave lectures on two-phase heat and mass transfer in capillary-porous media in the Byelorussian State University and the Byelorussian Polytechnic University. In 1986 the Cryogenic laboratory of the Luikov Institute was renamed as the Porous media laboratory of the same institute and Professor Vasiliev retains his position as a head of this laboratory.

A lot of Doctor-Engineers can call him a supervisor; some of them later were habilitated under his supervision. Two of his disciples now are the head of laboratories in Luikov heat and Mass Transfer Institute.

Professor Vasiliev was frequently asked to visit as a Guest Professor or Leading Scientist in scientific institutions all over the world. In 1967 he had his stage at the Laboratory of Aerothermodynamics in Meudon, France and spent ten months there. Since 1969 till 1982 he was regularly invited to visit as visiting scientist the institute of Thermo mechanics, Praha and the State Institute of machinery (SVUSS), Behovize, Czechoslovakia. Many times he was invited as a visiting professor of some institutions in Poland, Bulgaria and the Baltic countries.

Professor Vasiliev contributed his knowledge and scientific experience to many national and international scientific associations and committees.

Since 1967 to 1975 he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Engineering Physics and Thermo physics – National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (translated into English by The Faraday Press, Inc.). Since 1981 he has been a member of Advisory Board of the Journal of Applied Thermal Engineering (originally the Journal of Heat Recovery Systems), Elsevier. Since 1997 he has been an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Thermal Sciences, Elsevier, and in January 2006 Professor Vasiliev was elected as a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Low Carbon Technologies, Manchester University Press (now published by Oxford University Press).

Prof. Vasiliev

In 1976 Professor Vasiliev was elected as the member of the International Scientific Committee that organises regular Heat Pipe conferences - one of these was hed in London in 1981. In 1991 Professor Vasiliev was elected as a president of the NIS Association "Heat Pipes" and still keeps this position. He was the Editor of the Proceedings (2 volumes) of the 7th International Heat Pipe Conference in Minsk in 1990, published in 1993 by Begell House, Inc. and he was Co-Editor of "Microscale Heat Transfer; Fundamentals and Applications", 2005, Springer.

Commencing in 1993, Professor Vasiliev initiated the series of International Conferences "Minsk Seminars-Heat Pipes, Heat Pumps, Refrigerators, Power Sources" and is the Editor of eight Proceedings of these Conferences, held in Minsk, Belarus.

Professor Vasiliev was elected many times as scientific committee member of international conferences in Russia, Belarus, China, India, Poland, Canada, France, England, Russia, Brazil, Korea, Australia, and Italy.

Now he is a member of the Scientific Council of the International Centre for Heat and Mass Transfer which demonstrates his esteem and respect in the scientific world.

In recognition of his national and international scientific reputation, Prof. Vasiliev received the Arcot Ramachandran Professorship in the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India, 2005 and has received numerous other prestigious awards: Byelorussia State Award, 1981; USSR Council of the Ministers Award, 1983, Czechoslovak Silver Medal, 1986. He was awarded by gold, silver and bronze medals of USSR Exhibitions on Advances of Industrial and Agricultural Products in Moscow, USSR. In 1988 he received a silver medal of USSR Exhibitions for his book with co-authors "Hydrodynamics and heat transfer in porous components of aircraft design", Moscow.

In 2005 Professor Vasiliev was awarded by the Luikov Award and Medal of National Academy of Science of Belarus.

In 2011 Prof. L. Vasiliev was awarded the Grover Medal for heat pipe science and technology.

Prof. Vasiliev authored or co-authored about 700 publications in journals and conference proceedings. He is the author and co-author of 11 books, more than 200 Soviet authors certificates on invention, and 12 patents.

His main fields of activity were and still are heat and mass transfer in capillary-porous media with phase change, thermophysical properties of solid materials at low temperatures, heat pipes, heat pumps, heat exchangers, solid sorption machines, solar collectors, energy recovery systems, thermal and gas storage systems, electronic components cooling, mini/micro scale heat transfer with phase change.

In addition to the scientific excellence that he demonstrated throughout his career we want emphasise the important role he played during his guidance for 45 years up till now of the Porous media laboratory staff at theLuikov Heat and Mass Transfer Institute, National Academy of Sciences. The practical importance of the efficiency of the Porous media laboratory is the fact, that his colleagues we awarded 34 medals of different merits for their scientific activity.

If you want to congratulate Prof. Leonard Vasiliev with 75th anniversary, you can send your greetings to Scientific Council of the Luikov Heat and Mass Transfer Institute to the address:

P. Brovka str. 15
220072, Minsk, Belarus
E-mail: office@hmti.ac.by

With best regards,
Alexander Zhuravlyov

Director of the NIS Scientific Association "Heat Pipes"
P. Brovka str. 15
220072 Minsk, Belarus
Tel.: +375 (17) 284 1225, Fax: +375 (17) 292 2513
E-mail: zhuravl@hmti.ac.by

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