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Leslie James Kastner

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Professor Leslie James Kastner (1911-1996)

1911 December 10th. Born the son of Professor Leon E. Kastner, a professor of French Language and Literature at Manchester University.

1966-76 Professor of Mechanical Engineering, King's College London

1958 Married Joyce Lillingston

1996 October 30th. Died at Eastbourne.

1954 Bio Note [1]

Professor L. J. Kastner, M.A., M.Sc. (Member), was educated at Highgate School and Clare College, Cambridge, taking the Mechanical Sciences Tripos in 1934.

During 1930-31 and 1934-36 he served his apprenticeship with Davies and Metcalf, Ltd., Locomotive Engineers, of Romiley, Stockport, afterwards being employed on development work concerned with steam-jet apparatus in the test and experimental department of that company.

In 1938 he was awarded an Osborne Reynolds Research Fellowship for work on internal-combustion engines at Manchester University, and subsequently joined the staff of the engineering department at that university, becoming a lecturer in 1941 and senior lecturer in 1946.

In 1948 he was appointed Professor of Engineering at the University College of Swansea, University of Wales, a position which he still holds.

His main research interests are in the fields of applied thermodynamics and fluid flow, and he has published a number of papers describing experimental investigations concerned with these subjects. He was awarded a Graduates' Prize by the Institution in 1939 and a Herbert Akroyd Stuart Prize in 1943.

He has served on the South Wales Branch Committee of the Institution for the past four years, becoming Vice-Chairman in 1953.

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