Jan Burgers

Physicist, Academic

1895 – 1981

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Who was Jan Burgers?

Johannes Martinus Burgers was a Dutch physicist and the brother of the physicist W. G. Burgers. Burgers studied in Leiden under Paul Ehrenfest, where he obtained his PhD in 1918. He is credited to be the father of Burgers' equation, the Burgers vector in dislocation theory and the Burgers material in viscoelasticity.

Jan Burgers was one of the co-founders of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in 1946, and was its secretary-general from 1946 until 1952.

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Born
Jan 13, 1895
Arnhem
Also known as
  • J. M. Burgers
Nationality
  • Netherlands
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Leiden University
Lived in
  • Arnhem
  • Netherlands
Died
Jun 7, 1981
Washington, D.C.

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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