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Ascher H. Shapiro papers

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Identifier: MC-0387

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  • Creation: 1938 - 1988


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Ascher H. Shapiro, 1916-2004, S.B. 1938, Ph.D. 1946, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, became an instructor at MIT in 1940, assistant professor in 1943, associate professor in 1947, and professor in 1952. He was appointed Ford Professor of Engineering in 1962 and Institute Professor in 1975. He was head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, 1965-1974. His areas of research include fluid dynamics, rarefied gas flows, thermodynamics, propulsion and power generation, and biomedical engineering.

In 1961 Ascher Schapiro founded the National Committee for Fluid Mechanics Films in collaboration with the Education Development Center (successor to Educational Services Incorporated). In that effort he developed 39 videos and accompanying texts for the teaching of fluid mechanics. His writings include The Dynamics and Thermodynamics of Compressible Fluid Flow (1953-1954) and Shape and Flow: The Fluid Dynamics of Drag (1960).

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26.3 Cubic Feet (24 record cartons, 9 manuscript boxes)

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Location of Copies

A portion of the Fluid Dynamics video series with accompanying Video Course Manuals can be found online at

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Preliminary Inventory to the Papers of Ascher H. Shapiro
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  • 2021 October: File level description for box 6 added by Chris Tanguay in October 2021.

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