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This is the 24th Volume in the series Memorial Tributes compiled by the National Academy of Engineering as a personal remembrance of the lives and outstanding achievements of its members and international members. These volumes are intended to stand as an enduring record of the many contributions of engineers and engineering to the benefit of humankind. In most cases, the authors of the tributes are contemporaries or colleagues who had personal knowledge of the interests and the engineering accomplishments of the deceased. Through its members and international members, the Academy...
This is the 24th Volume in the series Memorial Tributes compiled by the National Academy of Engineering as a personal remembrance of the lives and outstanding achievements of its members and international members. These volumes are intended to stand as an enduring record of the many contributions of engineers and engineering to the benefit of humankind. In most cases, the authors of the tributes are contemporaries or colleagues who had personal knowledge of the interests and the engineering accomplishments of the deceased. Through its members and international members, the Academy carries out the responsibilities for which it was established in 1964.
Under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering was formed as a parallel organization of outstanding engineers. Members are elected on the basis of significant contributions to engineering theory and practice and to the literature of engineering or on the basis of demonstrated unusual accomplishments in the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology. The National Academies share a responsibility to advise the federal government on matters of science and technology. The expertise and credibility that the National Academy of Engineering brings to that task stem directly from the abilities, interests, and achievements of our members and international members, our colleagues and friends, whose special gifts we remember in this book.
BY FRANK DIMAGGIO
SUBMITTED BY THE NAE HOME SECRETARY
BRUNO ADRIAN BOLEY, who died at age 92 on February 11, 2017, was a distinguished figure in engineering mechanics, as both a scientist and an administrator.
He was born May 13, 1924, in Gorizia, Italy, with the original family name Bolaffio. After a hurried exit from Italy to escape anti-Semitic laws and a circuitous trip through Europe, his family arrived in the United States in 1939. A change in family name and a quick high school experience followed.
He earned a BS in civil engineering from the City College of New York in 1943 and in 1945–46, as a student of the eminent Nicholas Hoff, an MS and ScD in aeronautical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, where he remained as assistant professor until 1948.
After practicing engineering at Goodyear Aircraft for 2 years, he returned to academia as assistant professor of aeronautical engineering at the Ohio State University until 1952, associate and then full professor of civil engineering at Columbia University until 1968, J.P. Ripley Professor and chair of the Department of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at Cornell University until 1972, and Walter P. Murphy Professor and dean of the Technological Institute of Northwestern University until 1986, when he returned to stay at Columbia.
He made significant contributions in a wide spectrum of applied mechanics, reported in over 100 technical papers, but his most important work, for which he received international recognition, was in the analysis of thermal stresses, much of which was exhibited in the classic treatise Theory of Thermal Stresses, which he coauthored with Jerome H. Weiner (Wiley, 1960; reprinted by Dover in 2011).
Concurrently with his scientific work, he was involved with many governing bodies and technical societies in mechanics. He was founder of the Association of Chairmen of Departments of Mechanics, editor in chief of the journal Mechanics Research Communications, and served as president of the American Academy of Mechanics and the Society of Engineering Science. He was on the board of governors of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Argonne National Laboratory, and was chair of the US Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.
In recognition of his contributions he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1975, and in 1991 received both the Worcester Reed Warner Medal from ASME and the Theodore von Kármán Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Professor Boley’s interest in intellectual areas outside his principal discipline was eclectic. He had a particularly deep knowledge of European (especially Italian) literature and history, and was an accomplished public speaker.
He was predeceased by his wife Sara (née Kaufman) and daughter Jacqueline, and is survived by his son Daniel and a granddaughter.