Michael George Zabetakis

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Michael George Zabetakis
Born 3 March 1924
Burgettstown, PA
Died 21 Jan 2005
Bridgeville, PA
Citizenship USA
Alma mater Washington & Jefferson, University of Pittsburgh
Known for Fire safety engineering Mine Safety and Health Administration

Michael George Zabetakis (7 July 1924 – 21 January 2005) was a fire safety engineering specialist.[1] He received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1956.[2] In 1965 he published data for flammability limits, autoignition, and burning-rate data for more than 200 combustible gases and vapors in air and other oxidants, as well as of empirical rules and graphs that can be used to predict similar data for thousands of other combustibles under a variety of environmental conditions.[3] The work remains one of the most widely cited sources of flammability data. Despite its age it was still in 1999 considered the standard reference.[4] Zabetakis often uses flammability diagrams to show flammable properties of fuel-air-nitrogen mixtures.

Zabetakis was the first superintendent of the National Mine Health and Safety Academy.


  • Drysdale, Dougal (1999). An Introduction to Fire Dynamics (2nd ed. Wiley. p. 470. ISBN 0-471-97291-6. 


  1. ^ "Obituary: Michael G. Zabetakis / Renowned explosives expert". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2016-01-04. 
  2. ^ "Ph.D.s Awarded by the University of Pittsburgh Department of Chemistry - 1913-2004". University of Pittsburgh Department of Chemistry. Revised 10/3/2006. Retrieved 8 Feb 2009. 1956. 291. Zabetakis, Michael George. An Automatic Adiabatic Calorimeter Shield Control. Low Temperature Heat Capacity and Related Properties of Zinc.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ Zabetakis 1965
  4. ^ Drysdale 1999:75

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