Adrian Bejan

Adrian Bejan

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science; Duke University

Life and evolution (the time arrow of flow-design change) constitute a unitary phenomenon of all Physics. In 1996, Adrian Bejan discovered the Constructal Law—the law of physics that accounts for the evolution phenomenon across the board, from geophysics to biology and social organization, and from rivers and animals to the human & machine species.

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Adrian Bejan received all his degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: B.S. (1971, Honors Course), M.S. (1972, Honors Course) and Ph.D. (1975). He was a Miller Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley (1976-1978).  He is the J.A. Jones Distinguished Professor at Duke University. His research is in thermodynamics, applied physics, and the constructal law of design and evolution in nature.

Constructal Law:  For a finite-size system to persist in time (to live), it must evolve in such a way that it provides easier and easier access to its currents (1996).

Adrian Bejan is the author of 30 books and over 600 peer-refereed journal articles. In 2001 he was ranked by ISI among the 100 most-cited authors in all Engineering (all fields, all countries, living or deceased). He was awarded 18 honorary doctorates from universities in 11 countries, for example the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), the University of Rome I “La Sapienza”, and INSA Lyon. He received numerous international awards for thermal sciences. He is a member of the Academy of Europe.



"Modern physics embarked on a course tailored to the principle of infinitesimal local effects. Constructal law is a jolt the other way, a means to rationalize macroscopic features, objective, and behavior."

(Shape and Structure, from Engineering to Nature, p. 314.)