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Boelter, L. M. K. (Llewellyn Michael Kraus), 1898-1966



  • Existence: August 7, 1898 - July 27, 1966

Biographical Information

Llewellyn Michael Kraus Boelter was a prominent engineer and educator. Born in Winona, Minnesota, Boelter graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1917 with a B.S. from the College of Mechanics followed by an M.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1918. He began teaching at his alma mater the following year. Boelter was the founding Dean of the UCLA College of Engineering beginning in 1944. He was appointed a Visiting Professor in Purdue University's School of Engineering in 1952 and donated a collection of engineering-related books to Purdue Libraries in 1971.

Boelter's research focused on heat transfer, most notably in the Dittus-Boelter equations of the 1920s, but expanded to most facets of engineering, including thermodynamics, transportation, illumination, city planning, and engineering education.


"Llewellyn M.K. Boelter Collection," Purdue University Libraries.

"Llewellyn Michael Kraus Boelter, Engineering: Berkeley and Los Angeles,", University of California. Retrieved October 18, 2010 from

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Llewellyn Boelter collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSF 48
Scope and Contents The Llewellyn Boelter collection contains materials primarily concerning the Purdue Library dedication in his honor in 1971. Booklets listing Boelter's works and contributions to the field of engineering are contained within the collection as well.
Dates: 1971