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Professor Leslie James Kastner (1911-1996)
1911 December 10th. Born the son of Professor Leon E. Kastner, a professor of French Language and Literature at Manchester University.
1966-76 Professor of Mechanical Engineering, King's College London
1958 Married Joyce Lillingston
1996 October 30th. Died at Eastbourne.
1954 Bio Note 
Professor L. J. Kastner, M.A., M.Sc. (Member), was educated at Highgate School and Clare College, Cambridge, taking the Mechanical Sciences Tripos in 1934.
During 1930-31 and 1934-36 he served his apprenticeship with Davies and Metcalf, Ltd., Locomotive Engineers, of Romiley, Stockport, afterwards being employed on development work concerned with steam-jet apparatus in the test and experimental department of that company.
In 1938 he was awarded an Osborne Reynolds Research Fellowship for work on internal-combustion engines at Manchester University, and subsequently joined the staff of the engineering department at that university, becoming a lecturer in 1941 and senior lecturer in 1946.
In 1948 he was appointed Professor of Engineering at the University College of Swansea, University of Wales, a position which he still holds.
His main research interests are in the fields of applied thermodynamics and fluid flow, and he has published a number of papers describing experimental investigations concerned with these subjects. He was awarded a Graduates' Prize by the Institution in 1939 and a Herbert Akroyd Stuart Prize in 1943.
He has served on the South Wales Branch Committee of the Institution for the past four years, becoming Vice-Chairman in 1953.