Person: Horn, Friedrich Josef Maria
Friedrich Horn was an Austrian mathematician who applied mathematics to chemical engineering.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- After graduating, Horn went to work for Farbwerke Hoechst AG, a German chemicals company based in Frankfurt, Germany.
- Horn was employed as a physicist with Farbwerke Hoechst where he was assigned to work in a chemical process engineering department headed by Leopold Küchler.
- At Farbwerke Hoechst, in addition to supervising his work for the company, Küchler was essentially Horn's thesis advisor.
- Horn's first publication Zur Berechnung der Zusammensetzung und Thermodynamischen Funktionen Dissoziierender Verbrennungsgase Ⓣ(Calculating the composition and thermodynamic functions dissociating combustion gases) (written jointly was A Schüller) appeared in print in 1957.
- A significant event had occurred in the previous year when Horn attended the First European Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering which was held in Amsterdam in May 1957.
- Horn remained in contact with Denbigh who moved to Imperial College, London, in 1960 where he became the Courtaulds Professor of Chemical Engineering.
- Denbigh persuaded Horn to join him at Imperial College so, in 1962, he left Farbwerke Hoechst and moved to London where he took up his first academic post.
- While at Imperial College, Horn received an invitation to spend several weeks at the University of Minnesota working with Rutherford "Gus" Aris (1929-2005) and Neal R Amundson (1916-2011).
- Horn was one of the founders of the Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications in 1967 and he became an associate editor.
- By the time these last two papers were published, Horn had left Rice.
Born 9 October 1927, Vienna, Austria. Died 17 December 1978, Vienna, Austria.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive