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Torkild Carstens (1931-2014)
Torkild Carstens, IAHR President Emeritus and Honorary Member, was born in Vadsø in northern Norway on the 14th of March 1931. He passed away in Oslo on the 30th of June 2014 after a stroke. Torkild received a siv. ing. degree in 1954 from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (now the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim). He obtained an MSc degree from the University of Minnesota in 1958 and a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in 1964, where Prof. Hans Albert Einstein was his supervisor. Torkild was employed at SINTEF River and Harbour Laboratory in Trondheim in 1958 where he worked until he retired in 1998 as Head of Research. Torkild also held a part time professorship at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology from 1967 to 1998, where he taught advanced hydraulics.

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