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HENRY R. LINDEN

1922–2009

Elected in 1974

“For contributions to methods of fuels conversion and energy utilization.”

BY ROBERT S. LINDEN AND MARGARET M. MURPHY SUBMITTED BY THE NAE HOME SECRETARY

HENRY ROBERT LINDEN, world-renowned authority in energy research and policy, passed away on September 13, 2009, at the age of 87.

Born on February 21, 1922, and raised in Vienna, Austria, Henry was the only child of parents Fred and Edith (Lermer) Linden. Both of Henry’s grandfathers were medical doctors, and Fred had been required to earn a law degree before being allowed to pursue his chosen career as an artist, which led to a series of commissioned portraits of the Habsburg monarchy. Edith worked as a society editor for a Viennese newspaper. Henry was expected to pursue his studies diligently, but enjoyed spending his free time outdoors in the Boy Scouts and on his own. He learned to ski the Alps when a day’s ski outing consisted of eight hours of strenuous climbing and one hour of exhilaration on the way down. In a manner that came to characterize his professional career, he took satisfaction in the long climb up—all the better to appreciate the reward of the short trip down.



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