Elected in 2001
“For significant interdisciplinary research on the influence of indoor environment on human comfort, health, and productivity.”
BY ARTHUR E. BERGLES
PAVEL OLE FANGER, widely considered the world’s leading expert on the effects of indoor environments on human comfort, health, and productivity, died September 18, 2006, at the age of 72, during his second visit to Syracuse University in his new role as a University Professor. The cause of his sudden, premature death was an abdominal aortic aneurism.
Ole Fanger was born in Vejlby, Denmark, on July 16, 1934, attended local schools, including the Marselisborg Gymnasium in Arhus, and entered the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), then called Danmarks Tekniske Hoejskole. He received the Cand. Polyt. degree (M.S.) in civil engineering in 1957 and subsequently served in the military for two years. He then began a lifelong association with DTU, with an initial academic appointment as Adjunkt (Assistant Professor). Then, as Lektor (Associate Professor) from 1967 to 1977, he received his Dr.Techn. (D. Sc.) for a thesis entitled “Thermal Comfort,” which became a best-seller among technical books. In 1977, he was promoted to Professor, and, after his retirement in 2004, he was active as Senior Professor. He guided more than 100 M.S. and Ph.D. students, published 12 books or book chapters, was author or coauthor of more than 300 technical papers, and presented more than 300 invited lectures.