Elected in 1973
“For contributions to the understanding of ignition and heat transfer problems of internal combustion engines and their environmental impact.”
BY RODICA A. BARANESCU
PHIL MYERS was, arguably, the most influential engine combustion researcher of his generation, and he left a rich, unparalleled legacy of teaching, research, and service. He pioneered techniques for in-cylinder temperature measurements and made important contributions to understanding the diesel combustion process, droplet combustion, engine heat transfer, and engine modeling.
Phil was born in Webber, Kansas, to Earl and Sarah Catherine (Breon) Myers on May 8, 1916. After completing his B.S. in mathematics at McPherson College in 1940, Myers received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Kansas State College in 1942. In 1942 he came to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from UW-Madison in 1944 and 1947, respectively, and remained at Madison as part of the faculty, receiving tenure in 1950 and achieving the rank of professor in 1955.