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1 Dear Professor Beér, What struck me was your humility and empathy for everyone in the conversation, which tend to differentiate truly accomplished men. I can only imagine that these traits brought out the best in your students. Murray Abbott Fuel & Furnace Consulting

2 Dear Professor Beér, My fond remembrances are all accompanied with a smile. I remember attending your graduate combustion class (“I apologize in advance for putting this on the board”), and meeting with you on my thesis work. I remember consulting with you for Westinghouse, and developing your Multi-Annular Swirl Burner. But mostly I remember good cheer and friendship. Dennis Bachovchin Combustion Kinetics Consultant

3 Dear János, On behalf of the members of The National Coal Council, it is an honour and a privilege to say “Congratulations” on such a long and distinguished career. The service and leadership you have provide to your country, your university and the many professional organizations you have given your time to over these many years is exemplary and of the highest standard. Robert Beck, Executive Vice President and CEO, The National Coal Council

4 Dear Professor Beér, Every day I utilize and appreciate the skills that originated in your lab, where I learned the fundamentals of combustion, fluid flow, research method, and teamwork. I frequently reflect on my time with you and your lab at MIT with fondness and appreciation. Thank you for your key role in launching me on a wonderful career path. Karen Benedek, Primaira LLC

5 Dear János, In this day when we are being continually disappointed by the inappropriate actions of our political leaders or sports super stars, it is important to remember that there are people who are super star in their field and they happen to be very decent and honourable human beings – János Beer is one of these people to me. You not only have been at the top of your profession for many decades, but you have always conducted yourself in such as exemplary manner. Dick Borio

6 Hallo John I was immediately impressed by your smiling face and the positive attitude with which you approached your work here in IJmuiden. I recall that we worked very well together not only at the scientific level but also on a personal level. Indeed I remember very well your bright personality. G.W. van Stein Callenfels

7 Dear John, For three years you and I interacted daily; we rode our bicycles, ate our meals, and led research teams from France, Germany, Holland and further afield, pushing water-cooled probes into flaming furnaces. You can look back with pride on the great many researchers, colleagues, students and friends whose lives and careers have also been enhanced by your teaching, guidance and influence Norman Chiger Emeritus Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

8 Dear John, Every year the graduating class of 1965 meets somewhere in the UK for a weekend of celebration and reminiscence, and I have to say that the combined lifetime contributions of those who passed through Sheffield in the Glory Years stand as a permanent tribute to your efforts during your time as an Honorary Yorkshireman, and remind me of the adage that the purpose of life is to plant trees without ever expecting to sit in their shade. May your shadow never grow smaller! Tom Davies Professor, University of Exeter

9 What does it take to order a drink when János is around: I remember presenting work on the char burn out project at the Intnl Combustion Symposium which was held in Poitiers in France in 1967 during the student rebellions. JMB was "captured" by some French students and made to dance on a table before we could get a drink in the bar! Tom Davies Professor, University of Exeter

10 János and his graduate students: My first ever encounter with JMB was in September 1965 when during the first week of my appointment he callled me into his office, lit his pipe and showed me his Ph.D. thesis. He asked me to read it and then construct a mathematical model to explain the results. The outcome was "The use of a mathematical model for the prediction of the burn out of char suspensions" TWDavies, JMBeer and RGSiddall, Chem Eng Sci, 24, , The delay was caused mainly by the primitive state of computing. I had to punch paper tape with the code and then post off the reel to Oxford, wait two weeks for a reply, usually a small compiler error, and then repeat the process. Tom Davies Professor, University of Exeter

11 “Cool” action: Another incident from the Sheffield era- he had developed a multi-annular swirling jet burner (probably about 1978) and was testing it in the labs. I was there with him with the aim of doing some HWA measurements, and Chigier and a couple of technicians. It was burning very fiercely when one of the gas hoses popped off and started snaking around, creating a severe explosion risk. Everyone ran for their lives except JMB who calmly grabbed the hose and stuck it back on the burner. Very impressive display of "cool". Tom Davies Professor, University of Exeter

12 On the car János drove: János was really keen on American cars, and when he came back to Sheffield from PennState he brought with him his beloved Chevrolet convertible - the model which was dubbed by Ralph Nader to be "unsafe at any price". After travelling with John in this death trap when the front end lifted off, we renamed it the "flying bedpan". It had a large engine in the rear and the front was just a trunk so that even at moderate speeds the aerodynamic lift forces were sufficient to reduce contact with the road. Tom Davies Professor, University of Exeter

13 Dear Professor Beér, During my stay at MIT I noticed that you were a very busy person attending meetings and conferences or receiving awards all over the globe! Whenever you were back in the office at MIT, however, you were always very accessible. I enjoyed the discussions we had: they were always very thought provoking and led to further insight Arunava Dutta R&D Manager, Osram Sylvania

14 Dear Professor Beér, I recall a pleasant country walk with you and Martha through Chee Dale in Derbyshire with a French colleague, Claude Meunier, and his wife Therese and their baby son Eric. You possessed both a clear notion of the direction of the work and the diplomatic qualities to both release and support your active staff P J Foster Reader, University of Sheffield

15 How János chooses his people: It seems difficult to believe that it is now over 40 years since you interviewed me for the position of Investigator at the IFRF. How on earth did you decide to interview someone with such an irrelevant background? Well I am mighty pleased that you did, and even more grateful that I was offered the position. Many years later, I was impertinent enough to ask you why you offered the job to someone without the right experience, and I still remember your saying – “Well you asked such interesting questions during the interview”, an example of your ability to look at things from the unexpected perspective? Neil Fricker Deputy Superintendent of Research International Flame Research Foundation

16 On the classical book “Combustion Aerodynamics”, Those of us in combustion use your book on Combustion Aerodynamics to find answers to many recurring and vexing questions, and see in it a source of valuable insight and elegant exposition of complex phenomena. Ahmed Ghoniem Professor, MIT

17 About the research papers, We use your papers to learn about your research approaches and valuable developments especially in multifaceted field of coal combustion. Above all, we find the depth and breadth of your scholarship inspiring, and your ability to link fundamental knowledge to applications in complex and often unwieldy systems impressive and unique. Ahmed Ghoniem Professor, MIT

18 Dear John, While in retirement, I have kept a continuous interest in your considerable contributions to the technology in firing systems. Along with many colleagues at Combustion Engineering, now Alstom, I want to thank you for your service and wish you a continuous good health in the future. Hilary Grabowski Past Director of Research Combustion Engineering (Alstom)

19 The extra mile János would take to get his people – be a post man: After finishing my MS in 1970, I decided to join Sheffield University as a doctoral student and you kindly helped me obtained the SRC graduate research assistantship even though there was postal strike in the UK at that time. You personally took efforts to take my application for approval at SRC during your next visit to London. Ashwani Gupta Professor, University of Maryland

20 How János directed student: You gave me the topic of noise emission from swirl combustors. With this topic in hand I had to swim by myself from the deep ocean to the coast. You provided me all the support and flexibility to do research using facilities. I remember working on the MIT combustion research facility for long hours (sometimes day and nights) in testing and diagnostics with you and many our staff colleagues. Your generous loyalty to students and staff was always appreciated with fond memory to data. Ashwani Gupta Professor, University of Maryland

21 Dear John, You were one of the very few colleagues I have worked with whom people asked to be remembered at meetings and conferences throughout the world. I remember that this was a confidence booster for me when I presented my first paper, to the Winter Annual Meeting of the ASME in New York in 1968, when I was greeted by a total stranger with the words “How’s John Beer?”. V. I. Hanby Professor, De Montfort University

22 Dear János, You have become the standard against which one measures professional success in the field of applied fossil fuel combustion. Your intellectual accomplishments and academic legacy are incomparable. However, in retrospect, I find myself remembering most your qualities of character. These qualities are not obvious in the product of your efforts but were visible to those fortunate enough to have worked closely with you. Simon P. Hanson Fuel & Furnace Consulting

23 János on students, colleagues, and friends: Your didactic approach to mentoring that focused on the students’ needs above your own; your calm and patient perseverance in any endeavor, even under stress; your gracious treatment of all whom you encounter, and steadfast loyalty to friends and colleagues; your strength of convection in defense of principle. Moreover your polymathic nature did not overwhelm your humanity. It was always a pleasure to be in your company. Simon P. Hanson Fuel & Furnace Consulting

24 Dear John, One enjoyable aspect of life at that time was living almost opposite your house in Chorley Road, Sheffield. Of course, my memories are not just you living there, but also of Marta and your wonderful dogs, who certainly enjoyed running around the beautiful Mayfield valley. We still are grateful to you and Marta for welcoming us so warmly to Sheffield and for caring for us – the parties at your house were most enjoyable and memorable. Allan Hayhurst Emeritus Professor, University of Cambridge

25 Dear Prof. Beér, I appreciate the time and patience you had in guiding my professional development. You have been an exemplary mentor to myself and many others over the years, and your leadership in the combustion technical community has set a remarkable standard for professionalism and congeniality. Joel M. Haynes Principal Investigator, GE Global Research

26 Dear János, I wish you all the best for your further work in science and technology and, in particular, for the supervision of the young generation by letting them participate in your long years’ experience in benefit to their own contribution in their tasks for our society. Klaus Hein Professor, University of Stuttgart

27 János on students, Your instruction had a profound influence on my career and I am eternally grateful for your guidance. As an undergraduate at MIT, I took combustion and fluidization classes taught by yourself and you were my undergraduate thesis advisor. Your challenging question and thoughtful patience led me to dig deeper into the research and to consider going to graduate school. Ralph Hulseman President, Hoowaki LLC

28 Dear John, You encouraged me to consider studies for a PhD degree, and supported this with advice on the topic of research (radiative heat transfer in furnaces) and most importantly you arranged for me to participate in the furnace trials at Ijmuiden that were the M-1 trials. This was immeasurable help to me for my research effort by providing industrial scale data for validating the mathematical model that I was developing. The knowledge and skills I gained at Sheffield during this time have benefited me to this day and I remain grateful for the wise guidance and support you gave. Terry Johnson Principal Consultant HRL Development Pty Ltd.

29 János’ first job at MIT, When I look back my student days at MIT, I fondly remember the stimulating discussions on coal devolatilization and combustion mechanisms with Adel. It was most fortunate for me that you joined the MIT faculty and attended my Ph.D. thesis defense as one of the first work after your arrival in My technical interpretation of the data for my thesis work was controversial and hotly debated among some thesis advisors. I learned later that your opinion and comments at the thesis committee “saved my degree”. Sho Kobayashi Corporate Fellow, Praxair, Inc.

30 How János directed his students, When we first met in your office in Bldg. E40 you told me: ‘Thomas, you will take care of the questions related to radiation in our trial runs.’ I knew a little about radiation from my school books, I had never worked on coal or coal-water slurry before, but you just gave me the responsibility for part of your projects. This was surprising and a little frightening for me. But I quickly learnt that there was no reason to worry. I remember many late hours at the CRF, long discussions on experimental results and conclusions in your office, long reports with spilled over coffee and cheerful TGIF parties. Thomas Kolb Professor, Karlsruher Institüt fur Technologie

31 Dear Prof. Beér, I am much honored to be your student and appreciate greatly what you have done for me over the years. I was very lucky to have the chance to learn from you the knowledge of fluidized bed combustion. Yam Y. Lee Adjunct Professor, California State Polytechnic University

32 How János conducted research: It has always – and right from the beginning of our contacts – been impressive and exemplary for me to recognize your way of approaching technical questions and problems; that is to say as a “scientist in engineering”, first neglecting obviously minor effects and influences in order to analyses the dominating mechanisms, and doing this on the basis of a profound and broad knowledge of the physicochemical fundamentals including the experience from comparable systems or constellations. You never needed complicated computer algorithms and programs to achieve the principal answer, but only afterwards to improve the accuracy of the statement. Wolfgang Leuckel Professor, University of Karlsruhe

33 When I met him for the first time, I remember telling myself: “This gentleman has class!!” I was impressed by his endearing demeanour, the charming personality, the agreeable nature, the friendly smile, and the sparkle in his eyes. Soon I realized that he listens carefully and he notices everything; I really mean everything!! As we kept talking, the persona of the scientist and engineer of those papers that I had read emerged again. Dr. Beér has vast technical knowledge and clear and deep understanding in all things related to combustion, energy and beyond. Yiannis A. Levendis Professor, Northeast University

34 Some time ago, perhaps 14 years ago, Dr
Some time ago, perhaps 14 years ago, Dr. Beér arrived at Northeastern University in Boston from MIT, in Cambridge, to attend the PhD thesis defence of one of my graduate students. I met him at the parking lot to escort him to the right building. As he disembarked his car, he placed a pin on his ascot. I carefully asked him about this formality. He told me, in disarming simplicity, that the occasion of an important event in somebody’s life called for respectful formality. Dr. János Beér, the perennial gentleman!!! Yiannis A. Levendis Professor, Northeast University

35 Dear Prof. Beér, Looking back over a career that has spanned academia, industry and government, I have encountered few people who have matched either your accomplishments and knowledge or your grace and humanity, and fewer yet who have blended the two. As a young man I did not yet appreciate how extraordinarily fortunate I was to be, on the one hand, tutored by you, and on the other hand treated with a special dignity that always made my meager contributions to our research team feel valued and respected. Joel Levy United States Department of Commerce

36 Dear János, Many years ago, little did I know, as a prospective Ph. D
Dear János, Many years ago, little did I know, as a prospective Ph.D. student then in the middle of a Mathematics MS degree, what a great find I had made. And what great applied fuel, flame and combustion work was taking place under your leadership. The subsequent three years were the most formative of my life. David Lilley Professor, Oklahoma State University

37 Dear János, You are the Dean of the AFRC Associate Members and we have benefitted not only from your academic expertise in all matters dealing with combustion but also from your very active role in applied combustion research. Your works and its dissemination at AFRC meetings fulfills the AFRC mission to provide timely forums on application of applied combustion research and technology. AFRC forums ability to expediently transfer the application of applied combustion science had been due in great measure to your contributions. American Flame Research Committee (AFRC)

38 Dear Prof. Beér, I frequently think back to our many stimulating discussions on practical combustion issues. I recall how the Rolls Royce gas turbine combustor in your office caught my attention and spurred a number of conversations on high pressure combustion. Since several of my current projects are based on gas turbines and novel methods of integrating them with other combustion systems, I am grateful for the guidance you provided during those early discussions. Scott Macadam Principal Engineer, ConocoPhillips

39 Dear János, Every time I met you, I always learned a lot from your presentations and our talks, every time I met you, I found you have been always very strong and very active. I sincerely wish you always in a very good health and continuously contribute to the development of clean coal combustion. Jianxiong Mao Professor, Tsinghua University

40 Dear Prof. Beér, My colleagues and I have admired you for your depth and breadth of technical knowledge and for your ability to communicate with a high degree of clarity and understanding. You provide effective industrially-oriented advice, and have helped us with an emphasis on the practical side of the problem solving. We also admire your character and grace. John Marion Vice President, Alstom Power Inc.

41 Dear Prof. Beér, With Adel and you as advisors, I felt that I had the great fortune of studying under and working with giants. Not only did I benefit from your tutelage in my droplet combustion research and in the classroom, but I benefited from the gracious manner that you and Marta offered to Paige and me on several occasions so early in our professional and adult lives. Jim Mulholland Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

42 Dear John, (Your 2009 report to the National Coal Council) is a perfectly marvelous review, typically modest with regard to your own accomplishments in several very significant areas – improved efficiency, pollutant minimization, higher intensity – subjects that you were thinking about and exploring for many productive years, resulting in major advances, both theoretical and practical, to the last benefit of the national (and international) energy scene. Howard Palmer

43 Dear Prof. Beér, I had the opportunity to come to MIT and to spend two years as a graduate student and research assistant at the Combustion Research Facility. Those years were a very busy and rewarding time. I was just impressed by the systematic, analytic approach which was applied to reach solutions for the problems being studied. It was a great time. Tuomas Paloposki Professor, Aalto University

44 Sang-Chen Rah

45 When did János start to pay attention to CO2 problem: I particularly remember at that time you introduced me to Prof. Hottel and that we all later had lunch together. During lunch the discussion turned to the subject of carbon dioxide concentrations in the earth’s atmosphere, the cumulative contribution of man’s combustion of fossil fuels on these increasing levels and ultimately what might be done about it. So the CO2 problem had appeared “over the horizon’ in those days. Peter Roberts Former Director, IFRF

46 Dear János, I hope that you know what a privilege it has been for me (and I know I speak for so many others as well) to work with you and get to know you over the many years you have been associated with the Clearwater Clean Coal Conference. There is no doubt that the great success that we enjoy is in great part due to your support. Barbara Sakkestad Vice President, Coal Technology Association

47 The classical book János edited I still make significant use of “Combustion Technology: Some Modern Developments” that you and Howard Palmer edited, making frequent reference to your chapter on radiation which provides one of the more definitive experimental demonstrations of the importance of soot radiation in coal flames. Adel Sarofim Professor, MIT

48 The Combustion Power House János led: It was a golden era for the Department of Chemical Engineering and Fuel Technology. I was amazed by the activities in the Department and at Buxton, the caliber of the combustion faculty (Swithenbank, Chigier, Hedley, Foster, Brown, …), and the sophistication of the experimental equipment made possible by the your in-house expertise in electronics and optics. Adel Sarofim Professor, MIT

49 The Center of Excellence of coal Combustion at MIT: It was a very productive period for the Fuels Research group in the Department as you built up the programs involving CRF and the associated fluidized bed that you had constructed. Our joint activities on the drop tubes for droplets, coal/water slurries, and coal combustion provided us with an opportunity to use fundamentals studies to provide insights on the large scale studies that were of interest to industry. I enjoined collaborating with you on the supervision of students that led to many important publications. Adel Sarofim Professor, MIT

50 The well read János, One of the greatest pleasures for me was our joint travels which were enriched by the breadth of your knowledge and your eclectic tastes. A particularly memorable trip for me was that to Toledo and the visit to the museum of Santa Cruz. I recall standing with you before the galley flag from the battle of Lepanto hanging from the high-ceiling of one of the galleries as you described the role of Don Juan of Austria and the importance of the battle in arresting the advance into Europe of the Ottomans. Another incident on that visit, one that you would expect of two MIT professors, was our looking at an unfinished picture by El Greco and noticing how he had bent the leg to anticipate the refraction that would occur with the planned but not executed painting of the water over it. Adel Sarofim Professor, MIT

51 Dear Prof. Beér, I also remember that one of the graduate students wanted to keep me doing more experimentation before I completed my thesis, in particular the equipment had been down a lot that semester and my data was a bit incomplete for a full thesis. You advised me to change the title to “An Experimental Study” and you told the grad student I needed to graduate and he would have to get someone else to perform the experiments. You were so supportive and sensitive to an undergraduate’s point of view! Sarah Bingman Schott Leapfrog Marketing, Inc.

52 More on how János chooses his people:, I still remember the day when you, as chairman of the department, called each of the students in the M.Sc. class, to inform them about the outcome of their studies. I was the first one you called in as the only lady of the class. You asked me to continue with my studies in the same department and offered me a scholarship which would be given to a foreign student for the first time. Unfortunately, I could not take up the offer as I had to go back home. A year later, after I sent you a Christmas card and mentioned that I started my Ph.D. in Turkey, I received your card together with the application form for the Ph.D. scholarship. This time I did not miss that opportunity. Nevin Selcuk

53 Dear János, I would like to tell you that whenever I had meetings with my clients, regardless whether it was in China, Mongolia, Australia, Indonesia or many other places around the world, I always started my meetings by telling my clients that “I learned everything about coal from Professor Beer”. Yih Hong (Larry) Song General Manager, Nexant China

54 Dear Prof. Beér, You are a great teacher, and a teacher by example
Dear Prof. Beér, You are a great teacher, and a teacher by example. You never sought to impose your opinions; only suggest, add what was productive, and sure enough it would sprout within us and bloom. You always aimed to grow the student with experiences and free expansion much more than by instruction. Srivats Srinivasachar President, Envergex LLC

55 “Guru (teacher) is indeed the Creator and Sustainer…, in fact, he is all Knowing and limitless and to him I salute”. Srivats Srinivasachar

56 Dear Prof. Beér, You have led a rich career and even a richer life, inspiring your students and the people around you to achieve more while also treating them with great compassion. You have always set an example for the rest of us to follow as both a teacher and a gentleman. I am very proud to have been one of your students. James E. Staudt Andover Technology Partners

57 The question János asked about car, One memory I do remember is though we had a discussion over a glass of beer in Ijmuiden, I think, if a Volvo really was a safer car than the common American vehicles of the time. I remember your question you asked me, if I preferred to sit in a car weighting three tonnes or one of one tonne if they collided. This was a comment from a scientific and knife sharp person, with his feet deep down in engineering and scientific basic principles. Lars Strömberg, Dr.Sc., professor Chief technology Officer and head of R&D Vattenfall AB

58 Dear János, This is the picture I wear of you, as my master in the early years, an inspiration over a number of years, a guide in my whole professional life, and hopefully also in my retirement coming up. Keep straight scientific, be clear, and argue so people understand, use the basic engineering common sense and engage with the youngsters. They are our future. Lars Strömberg, Dr.Sc., professor Chief technology Officer and head of R&D Vattenfall AB

59 Dear János, After more than 40 years in my professional life, I was glad when the initiative came to write a personal greeting to you. You have not only enriched my life, but I am sure you have been the inspiration and master for many others, all over the world, as you have for me. Lars Strömberg, Dr.Sc., professor Chief technology Officer and head of R&D Vattenfall AB

60 János, the economist I remember travelling on the train to London with János and commenting that I did not understand the significance of the devaluation of the UK pound currency that was happening at that time. His vast expertise in international economic theory was then revealed during the next two hours! Jim Swithenbank Professor, Sheffield University

61 Dear János, Whilst I worked under you in the field of combustion and swirling flows I became enormously impressed by your broad and in depth range of knowledge in the area, your abilities to work with and bring out the best in those working with you and the overall contributions you were making to the fields of energy and combustion generally. This is all complimented by your generous and gregarious nature which is so enlivened my, and others, time at Sheffield University. Nick Syred Professor, Cardiff University

62 Dear Prof. Beér, My offer is that we go on an updated version of Nick Syred’s (1966) “bombing about Derbyshire”, but not in his old Sunbeam Rapier; we “borrow” Rachel’s Mustang: ....Surprise Corner, down to Hathersage, past one of combustion’s holy coordinates (Hope Cement works) accompanied by Brandenburg no 3, maybe slowing a bit through Tideswell with BWV Any sins of speeding, CO2, and theft would be absolved by “Mach Dich mein Hertze rein...”. John Tippetts Tippetts Fountains

63 How János run the department: The Department was a hot-bed (
How János run the department: The Department was a hot-bed (!) of activity. It had some rare features: two computers that were entirely under its control, outlying laboratories in the hills above Buxton, and copious workshops. At the Buxton site, if we wanted a 2-foot hole in the roof, we just drilled it (no paperwork). In Sheffield if we wanted to compute we just did it (no genuflecting to the praetorian guard round the University mainframe). You presided over all this in an efficient and gentlemanly fashion. Although I did not work directly for you, if visitors came, I would be introduced like all the others with proper honour. This contrasted with previous experience: well-meaning academic heads delivering gaffes and crassitudes while colleagues winced in the expectation of another solecism. John Tippetts Tippetts Fountains

64 Dear John, Now looking back on this particular experience and others during my 13 years of stay with you, I feel that I owe what I accomplished so far in my career to you. You have not only been an advisor to me, but a mentor, a second father and a dear friend. Majed Toqan Creative Power Solutions

65 Dear John, Although combustion is as old as modern man it will still be a very important technology for tomorrow. Your great contribution to go beyond the limits of knowledge in the field of combustion will therefore also be of fundamental importance to solve the problem of the future. But even more important is that you have contributed to stimulate research in combustion all over the world, not least by providing opportunities for foreign students and researchers to spend time in your company just as myself. Claes Tullin R&D Manager SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden

66 My dear John, Thank you John, for what you have done in developing the science of combustion, for mentoring so many of us throughout our careers, and for being a role model that we can only aspire to. Terry Wall Professor, University of Newcastle

67 Dear Prof. Beér, I wish I could have been there to tell you, in person, that the Combustion Research Facility and research group that you created and directed at MIT was the most exciting, most challenging, most rewarding, and most enjoyable laboratory in which I have ever had the good fortune to do research. Peter Walsh Professor, University of Alabama

68 Dear John, This letter is to express my profound gratitude for your contribution to combustion science, in particular to combustion aerodynamics, pollutants reduction methods, heat transfer, and measurement techniques. Many of your scientific publications have been a source of inspiration and ideas for me. Roman Weber Professor, Clausthal University of Technology

69 Dear Prof. Beér, On behalf of myself and many other Chinese colleagues, I would like express the sincerest gratitude to you for your helping my department, university and nation in coal combustion and clean energy technology for more than two decades. Though the exact number is hard to count, over the past two decades, I believe hundreds of Chinese scholars and graduate students have been directly or indirectly influenced by your research activities. You are one of the most respectful supervisors and friends for Chinese researchers in combustion engineering. Guangxi Yue Professor, Tsinghua University

70 Dear Prof. Beér, I was very please to had the chance to visit you at MIT again in 2008, recollecting the pleasant time for me to study under your guidance from 1981 through I said it many times to my family and colleagues that this period of time was the best time of my life. It is really hard for me to find a word to express my appreciation feeling for what I learned at MIT under your guidance! Mingchuan Zhang Professor, Shanghai Jiaotong University

71 Dear Prof. Beér, You exemplify all that is human dignity, the desire and will of living in a free society, the curiosity to understand nature, the conscience of humanity and the willingness to care about the future, and most important of all, the perfect example of enjoying life. Ligang Zheng CanmetENERGY

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