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Ephraim Sparrow (1928-2019)
Professor Ephraim Sparrow enjoyed a long and prolific career in which he made a name for himself in the fields of heat transfer and fluid mechanics. The amount of research he produced and influenced during his nearly 60-year career is truly staggering. He made his mark on mechanical engineering and at the University of Minnesota, where he is deeply missed.
Sparrow joined the University of Minnesota in 1959 and spent the remainder of his career there. Prior to his arrival at the U, Sparrow received a B.S. degree from MIT at the age of 19, then completed an
M.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard before working on heat transfer at Raytheon and NASA.
At the U, Sparrow worked with hundreds of students on industry-inspired problems and served as a mentor to hundreds more. He received numerous awards, including the Max Jakob Award in 1976, and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1986. At the time of his death, he had over 40,000 citations and was the longest-serving faculty member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Sparrow is survived by his wife and daughter, as well as the distinguished academic legacy he left behind as “the father of modern heat transfer.”
Memorial Lectures
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The Department of Mechanical Engineering will host two upcoming memorial lectures:
Ephraim Sparrow Subbiah Ramalingam Memorial Lecture Memorial Lecture
  Details forthcoming.

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