Jan Burgers

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J. M. Burgers
Johannes Martinus Burgers.jpg
Jan Burgers
Born (1895-01-13)January 13, 1895
Arnhem, Netherlands
Died June 7, 1981(1981-06-07) (aged 86)
Washington, United States
Residence Netherlands
United States
Nationality Dutch
Fields Physicist
Institutions Delft University of Technology
University of Maryland
Alma mater University of Leiden
Doctoral advisor Paul Ehrenfest
Known for Burgers equation
Burgers material
Burgers vector
Notable awards ASME Medal (1965)
Otto Laporte Award (1974)

Johannes (Jan) Martinus Burgers (January 13, 1895 – June 7, 1981) was a Dutch physicist and the brother of the physicist W. G. Burgers. Burgers studied in Leiden under Paul Ehrenfest, where he obtained his PhD in 1918.[1] He is credited to be the father of Burgers' equation, the Burgers vector in dislocation theory and the Burgers material in viscoelasticity.[2]

Jan Burgers was one of the co-founders of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM) in 1946, and was its secretary-general from 1946 until 1952.[3]

In 1931 he became member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, in 1955 he became foreign member.[4]


  1. ^ Johannes Martinus Burgers (1918). "Het atoommodel van Rutherford-Bohr" (PDF). 
  2. ^ "Obituary: Jan Burgers". Physics Today. 35 (1): 84–85. January 1982. Bibcode:1982PhT....35a..84D. doi:10.1063/1.2890021. 
  3. ^ Fons Alkemade. "Some of IUTAM's history". IUTAM. Retrieved 2011-07-30. 
  4. ^ "Johannes Martinus Burgers (1895 - 1981)". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 


  • Nieuwstadt, F.T.M.; Steketee, J.A., eds. (1995). Selected Papers of J.M. Burgers. Kluwer Academic Publishers. ISBN 0-7923-3265-2. 

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