- 1950-2013 (Creation)
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5.33 m of text and graphic records
Name of creator
Dr John Kentfield was born and raised in the United Kingdom. He received his undergraduate engineering degree from Southampton Univeristy in 1959 and his PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of London in 1963, participating in the early development of gas turbines. John moved to the USA in 1963 to work as a project engineer for the Curtiss-Wright Corporation in New Jersey. He met his wife Amelia in New York where they were married in 1966.
In 1970 John accepted a position as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Calgary where he remained for the rest of his life. Although officially retired in 2004, as a Professor Emeritus he was actively engaged in research until his death in 2013.
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Scope and content
Fonds consists of records created or accumulated by John Kentfield in the course of his career. The majority of the records are research projects and publications (correspondence, background research, articles, reviews, typescript and handwritten notes, calculations, test results, conference presentations, research grants and patents). The fonds also includes teaching materials (course notes, readings and handouts, diagrams and calculations, assignments and exams.
Kentfield's areas of research included: wind turbines and wind energy, combustion engines, aircraft with outboard horizontal stabilizers (OHS), thermal dynamics, Stirling engines, and pulsed combusters.
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System of arrangement
Arrangement has been imposed by archivist and is arranged into five series: Research, Conferences and Seminars, Teaching, Grants and Personal. Files have been refoldered; Most file titles have been retained from original.