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MIT Professor Ascher Shapiro1.52, the Eckert equivalent for the compressible flow, was instrumental in using his two volume book ``The Dynamics of Thermodynamics of the Compressible Fluid Flow,'' to transform the gas dynamics field to a coherent text material for engineers. Furthermore, Shapiro's knowledge of fluid mechanics enabled him to ``sew'' the missing parts of the Fanno line with Moody's diagram to create the most useful model in compressible flow. While Shapiro viewed gas dynamics mostly through aeronautic eyes, The undersigned believes that Shapiro was the first one to propose an isothermal flow model that is not part of the aeronautic field. Therefore it is proposed to call this model Shapiro's Flow.
In his first 25 years Shapiro focused primarily on power production, high-speed flight, turbomachinery and propulsion by jet engines and rockets. Unfortunately for the field of Gas Dynamics, Shapiro moved to the field of biomedical engineering where he was able to pioneer new work. Shapiro was instrumental in the treatment of blood clots, asthma, emphysema and glaucoma.
Shapiro grew up in New York City and received his S.B. in 1938 and the Sc.D. (It is M.I.T.'s equivalent of a Ph.D. degree) in 1946 in mechanical engineering from MIT. He was assistant professor in 1943, three years before receiving his Sc.D. In 1965 he become the head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering until 1974. Shapiro spent most of his active years at MIT. Ascher Shapiro passed way in November 2004.
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