Guide to the Ali Bulent Cambel (1923- ), Papers

Collection Title: Ali Bulent Cambel (1923- ), Papers
Dates: 1954-1964
Identification: 22/4/13
Creator: Cambel, Ali Bulent, 1923-
Extent: 3 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: Cambel joined the Northwestern University faculty as Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 1953. His research involved mechanical engineering, gas dynamics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and propulsion systems. He holds the patent on flame stabilization in jet engines. The Ali Bulent Cambel Papers fill two and one half archival boxes and include biographical materials, publication drafts and correspondence, and a teaching file.
Acquisition Information: The Ali Blent Cambel Papers were acquired by the University Archives as Accession number 74-31 and combined with the biographical folder from the University Archives faculty biographical files to form this series.
Processing Information: Kristofer G. Scheid, April, 1998
Separated Materials: Photographs were transferred to University Archives Photographic Collection. Six linear inches of duplicate and extraneous material was discarded. Abstracts and outlines of the 1955 Gas Dynamics Symposium were added to University Archives' General Files and filed under “Conferences.”
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Ali Bulent Cambel (pronounced “Tchambel”) was born in Merano, Italy, on April 9, 1923, to Turkish parents. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen on May 15, 1951. He received his B.A. in Exact Sciences from Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey in 1942, his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1946, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1950, from the University of Iowa. Cambel joined the Northwestern University faculty as Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 1953. He became Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 1956, and was Walter P. Murphy Distinguished Professor from 1961 to 1968. Cambel was Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Northwestern University, 1957 to 1966. He also directed the Gas Dynamics Laboratory between 1953 and 1966. Among many other consulting posts, Cambel served as consultant to the Office of Science and Technology, Executive Office of the President, in 1963. After leaves of absence in 1966-67 and 1967-68, Cambel left Northwestern in 1968 to join the faculty of Wayne State University. As of April 1998, he was Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Applied Science at George Washington University.

Cambel's research involved mechanical engineering, gas dynamics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and propulsion systems. He holds the patent on flame stabilization in jet engines. Cambel published numerous articles and several books on thermodynamics and gas dynamics.

Scope and Content

The Ali Bulent Cambel Papers fill two and one half archival boxes and include biographical materials, publication drafts and correspondence, and a teaching file. The biographical materials consist of several curriculum vitae, news releases, clippings, some general correspondence, and a few reprints of articles and speeches.

The publications files contain annotated drafts and correspondence relating to Gas Dynamics, published in 1958, which Cambel co-authored with Burgess H. Jennings. Also included is a folder containing errata, reviews, outlines, adds, royalty statements, and a book jacket for the book. A copy of the manuscript for Mathematical Methods of Thermodynamics (ca. 1950), correspondence relating to and a proof of Real Gases (1963, with D.P. Duclos and T.P. Anderson), and a file of notes for classes on gas dynamics complete the collection.

Subjects

Personal Name

Cambel, Ali Bulent, 1923-

Subjects

Gas dynamics

Mechanical engineers--United States


Container List / Contents

  • Publications
    • Correspondence concerning "Gas Dynamics", 1954-1958Box 1, Folder 2
    • Correspondence concerning "Gas Dynamics", 1958-1964Box 1, Folder 3
    • Chapter drafts of "Gas Dynamics": Chapters 1-6Box 1, Folder 4
    • Chapter drafts of "Gas Dynamics": Chapters 3-6Box 1, Folder 5
    • Chapter drafts of "Gas Dynamics": Chapters 7-8Box 1, Folder 6
    • Chapter drafts of "Gas Dynamics": Chapters 9-10Box 2, Folder 1
    • Chapter drafts of "Gas Dynamics": Chapters 11-13Box 2, Folder 2
    • Annotated proofs of "Gas Dynamics" (Incomplete)Box 2, Folder 3
    • "Gas Dynamics": GeneralBox 2, Folder 4
    • Copy of manuscript: "Mathematical Methods of Thermodynamics": Chapters 1-6, n.dBox 2, Folder 5
    • Copy of manuscript: "Mathematical Methods of Thermodynamics": Chapters 7-10Box 2, Folder 6
    • Correspondence concerning "Real Gases", 1961-1964Box 3, Folder 1
    • Chapter, proof of "Real Gases", subject and author IndexBox 3, Folder 2
    • Classes on Gas Dynamics, n.dBox 3, Folder 3
  • Biographical Materials, 1954-1968Box 1, Folder 1