In Memoriam

Professor Geoffrey F. Hewitt, 1934 – 2019


It is with deep sadness that HTRI acknowledges the passing of Professor Geoffrey F. Hewitt.

Geoff was a knowledgeable scientist whose contributions were well recognized throughout the world. He was elected as Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1984. In 1989, he became a Fellow of the Royal Society. He was twice the honored President of the UK Heat Transfer Society. During his career, he received several other awards and honors beyond these few examples.

After receiving his BSc Tech and PhD from University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology, Geoff worked as a scientist for the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell Laboratory for 32 years. While at Harwell, he was instrumental in establishing and leading Heat Transfer & Fluid Flow Service (HTFS), a respected competitor of HTRI. Geoff joined the faculty of Imperial College London in 1985. In 1999, he was honored to receive the title of Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering, and remained as such until his passing.

Ever the gentleman, Geoff reached out to HTRI in the early 1990s. We had the privilege of a collegial relationship for nearly 30 years, with Geoff joining us for two of our USA-based annual conferences. He was the PhD supervisor for one of our staff members, Andrew Lintern, and worked closely with others from HTFS who later joined us at HTRI.

To those fortunate enough to know him, Geoff was a kind, thoughtful, scientifically curious person who loved mentoring and teaching. Around the globe, his former students honor his role in their lives by continuing his quest for relevant research and discovery. He will be greatly missed by the many persons whose lives he touched.