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Vol. 108, No. 16



Published in the July 16, 2008, issue

Irwin E. Vas, who was born in Bombay in 1931, came to the U.S. in 1947, and later worked in aeronautical engineering for over 50 years, died Nov. 11, 2007. He was 76.

Starting at Catholic University, Vas earned a bachelor’s in mechanical and aeronautical engineering, and in 1955 received a master’s in that field from Princeton. He worked full time until 1977 at Princeton’s department of mechanical and aerospace engineering, where he did research and taught, rising from research assistant to senior aeronautical engineer and lecturer. Meanwhile, he earned a Ph.D. in 1970 from New York University.

In 1977, Vas left Princeton to join New York State’s Energy and Research Authority. Since 1987 he had been with Boeing Co., working in advanced aeronautics, aerodynamics, and electrodynamics with NASA. He authored more than 100 papers and presentations on supersonic and hypersonic flows, wind energy, and aeronautic fields.

Vas is survived by Manya, his wife of 42 years; two children; and three grandsons.

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Daniel Dufresne Says:

2013-08-23 10:46:33

Irwin E. Vas came in 1972 to the Institute of Mechanics Marseille France to help us develop a hypersonic wind tunnel. Although it was a very short time (six months) he left a great memory. He was an effective, competent colleague, and outside of work, a pleasant, unforgettable friend. With his family we had a great time — especially when we played tennis at Toulon, where his style was admired by all. And I still remember our last meeting in 1977 at his home near New York, where he had so warmly received us. Kindness, competence, and elegance — these are the words that remain attached to Irwin in our memories. If this message comes to his family especially his wife, I'd be happy to have their new address. Daniel Dufresne, Institute of Mechanics Marseille; University Professor dufresne.daniel @
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