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William Lane De Baufre

mechanic engineer.

William Lane De Baufre, American mechanic engineer.


Baufre, William Lane De was born on April 19, 1883 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. Son of William H. and Kate (Maidlow) De Baufre.


Diploma, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, 1903. Electrical Engineer, Lehigh, 1907, Mechanical Engineering, 1909, Master of Science, 1919.


1 daughter, Ruth Marie. Teacher Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, most of time, 1903-1912, advancing to head of department of engineering. Mechanic engineer United States Naval Engineering Experiment Station, Annapolis, 1912-1919.

Professor mechanic engineering, University of Nebraska, 1919-1927, also chairman of department. Construction engineering and member board helium engrs., United States Bureau Mines, 1921-1926. Technical adviser and head of technical research department of International Combustion Engineering Corporation, 1926-1931.

Department chairman of engineering mechanics, University of Nebraska, since 1931, director Engineering, Science, and Management War Training, 1941-1945, acting chairman mechanical engineering department, 1942-1945. Consultant on liquefaction and separation of gases. Numerous patents on regenerative system of evaporation, process for separating helium from natural gas, repurifying helium, separating oxygen and nitrogen from atmospheric air, steam boilers, etc.


  • Author: Engineering Mechanics: Part I, Statics, Part II, Dynamics, 1948. Contributor many technical papers on thermodynamics, heat transfer, flow of fluids, combustion and steam generation.


Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Association University professors (president for 1947 of University of Nebraska chapter), national director American Interprofessional Institute (Lincoln), 1946-1950, Nebraska Engineering Society, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Newcomen Society, Theta Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, Sigma Tau, Pi Tau Sigma. Club: Lincoln Engineers.


Married Elizabeth Kirchgessner, March 10, 1906.

William H. Baufre

Kate (Maidlow) De Baufre

Elizabeth Kirchgessner