28.2.1917 Skagen/DK - 8.11.2006 Skagen/DK
Per Möller Bruun studied engineering sciences at the Danish Institute of Technology until 1941 and was then a member of the Danish engineering corps until 1950. For the following four years he was an assistant at his Alma Mater where he submitted a PhD thesis in 1954. He then moved to the USA as an associate professor of engineering mechanics at University of Florida, Gainesville FL to head until 1966 the department of coastal engineering. Further, he directed the Port and Ocean Engineering Institute at the National Engineering Science Company in Washington DC until 1968, when returning to Europe as a professor of harbor engineering at the Norway Institute of Technology NTH in Trondheim, from where he retired in 1979.
Bruun was an expert in coastal engineering. He published papers on aspects such as the stability of a coast, coastal erosion and the development of the coastal profile, migrating sand waves in coastal regions, natural by-passing of sand at coastal inlets, their stability as expressed with hydrodynamic parameters, the sea level rise, coastal protection as a universal problem, offshore dredging, tidal inlets and littoral drift, the use of tracers in coastal engineering, and sedimentation problems in harbors. His 1972 book on Port engineering has become a classic text. Bruun was decorated in 2002 by the American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE with the International Coastal Engineering Award for his pioneering work in coastal engineering. This award is given to an individual having made significant contributions through design work, teaching, professional leadership, research or planning. Bruun was a Member of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences and was accorded the title Knight of the Icelandic Falcon in 1994. Bruun held also Honorary Doctorates from universities of Spain and Iceland.
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