Hermann Glauert

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Hermann Glauert, FRS[1] (4 October 1892 – 6 August 1934) was a British aerodynamicist and Principal Scientific Officer of the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough until his death in 1934.

Glauert was born in Sheffield, Yorkshire; his father Louis Glauert was a cutlery manufacturer.[1] He died in Aldershot, Hampshire.

Glauert wrote numerous reports and memoranda dealing with aerofoil and propeller theory. His book, The Elements of Aerofoil and Airscrew Theory was the single most important instrument for spreading airfoil and wing theory around the English speaking world. Glauert independently developed Prandtl-Glauert method from the then-existing aerodynamic theory and published his results in The Proceedings of the Royal Society in 1928.

Glauert died aged 41 in an accident in a small park in Fleet common in Farnborough.[2]

The tragic and incalculable accident which resulted in the death of Hermann Glauert concerned us also, though less intimately. H. Glauert was a distinguished Edwardian of the early days, leaving the School with a mathematical scholarship to Trinity, Cambridge, in 1910. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society, principal scientific officer at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, and no less than an international authority on aeronautical science (cf Prandtl-Glauert singularity). He was killed by a chance fragment of a tree that was being blown up on Aldershot Common.

— King Edward VII School Magazine, December 1934


Glauert married fellow RAE Farnborough aerodynamicist Muriel, née Barker (1892–1949). They had three children: a son, Michael (1924–2004), and twins Audrey (1925-2014) and Richard (1925-2016).

Glauert is buried in the Ship Lane Cemetery, Farnborough. After his wife's death in 1949 her body was buried alongside that of her husband.


  • The Elements of Aerofoil and Airscrew Theory - Cambridge University Press - 1926

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  1. ^ a b Farren, W. S.; Tizard, H. T. (1935). "Hermann Glauert. 1892-1934". Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society. 1 (4): 607. JSTOR 768993. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1935.0026. 
  2. ^ Anderson.J.D, Modern compressible flow; McGraw Hill; third edition.

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