Jan Oderfeld (1908–2010)

  • Teresa ZielinskaEmail author
Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 26)


Jan Oderfeld contributed greatly to the field of machines and mechanism science, especially with his achievements in the development of aircraft jet engines, classification of machines and mechanisms, and introduction of optimization methods in mechanical design. He promoted engineering study and was one of the founding fathers of the IFToMM—the International Federation for Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science. He was the innovator of significant improvements in complex machinery, as well as an excellent teacher to many generations of mechanical engineers. By developing and improving jet engines, he significantly contributed to the progress of aeronautical engineering.


Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Aircraft Engine Centrifugal Compressor Machine Design Aeronautical Engineer 
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The author wishes to thank Professor K. Kedzior, who made available the historical materials and provided the manuscript of the laudation speech given at Professor Jan Oderfeld’s Doctor Honoris Causa award ceremony. These materials significantly aided in the work on this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Power and Aeronautical EngineeringWarsaw University of TechnologyWarsawPoland

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