John Lienhard will be the speaker at Primetimers on Thursday, October 12. His talk, "Birds, Aeroplanes, and Staying Afloat," begins at 11 am in Fondren Hall and is free of charge. RSVP for the $8 lunch to 713-5278-027 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Lienhard is the creator of and primary contributor to KUHF-FM Houston Public Media's The Engines of Our Ingenuity. Telling the story of how our culture is formed by human creativity, the program uses the record of history to reveal the way art, technology, and ideas have shaped us. Episode topics range from arc lights to crop rotation, the connection between Romantic poets and Victorian science to the invention of the bar code.
The M.D. Anderson Professor of Technology and Culture, Emeritus, at the University of Houston, Dr. Lienhard introduced the “Engines” public radio program on January 4, 1988, on KUHF Public Radio. The program was made available nationally three months later, and it continues to air twice a day over KUHF plus more than 30 other National Public Radio affiliates.
Lienhard has not only won many awards for his work on this series and teaching, but an award has been designated in his own name — The John H. Lienhard Award was created by Region X of ASME to honor contributors to a public understanding of engineering.
He also has been awarded by ASME for his outstanding contributions to the science of heat transfer, the topic of one of his text books.
Several books also have been published based on “Engines” broadcast. These are How Invention Begins: Echoes of Old Voices in the Rise of New Machine, Inventing Modern: Growing up with XRays, Skyscrapers, and Tailfins, and The Engines of Our Ingenuity: An Engineer Looks at Technology and Culture.
After graduating with B.S. and M.S. degrees from Oregon State College and the University of Washington, he earned a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley from which he was named Outstanding Engineering Graduate.