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Rotary pioneer Max Bentele, 1909-2006
Submitted by ekrampitzjr on Monday, June 19, 2006 - 10:01pm

The New York Times published a death notice for Dr. Max Bentele last month. He passed away on 19 May 2006 aged 97. True rotorheads will remember that he was one of the primary engineers involved with Curtiss-Wright's rotary efforts in the 1960s before joining AVCO Lycoming and then retiring in the 1970s. He was responsible for a number of Curtiss-Wright's early Wankel patents.

He donated his papers for research a few years ago, and SAE set up an annual award in his honor.

His book of memoirs Engine Revolutions: the Autobiography of Dr. Max Bentele is still available from SAE (book no. R-109), and in it he makes some interesting comments about Felix Wankel, Jan Norbye, and other luminaries. Get it while it's still available.

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Max Bentele
June 20, 2006 - 9:05am
Let me second that idea. I have this book and it is indeed a very good read. MB comes across as a tough engineer to cross swords with but the nature of the business requires people like MB.

"Don't ever let anyone tell you that the seventh harmonic isn't important."

Nice view of the engineering field.

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