Professor Claus A. Busse, who passed away at the age of 90, was a pioneer in heat pipe science and technology. He belonged to the first generation of scientists, who devoted most of their scientific activities to heat pipes and made major contributions to their fundamental understanding, design, and development.

Professor Busse was born on June 08, 1928 in Sondershausen, Germany. After finishing high school in 1946, he worked as a radio technician in Bremen. From 1949, he studied Physics at the University of Göttingen, graduating with a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics in 1954.

After graduation he was first employed in industry, working in the area of electronic devices and later in nuclear reactor technology. In 1959, he was appointed as a German delegate to EURATOM in Brussels, Belgium, the newly founded European organization for the joint development of nuclear reactor industry. In 1961, he moved to the Joint Research...

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