LEIF N. PERSEN is Professor Emeritus, Department of Energy and Process Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway. Earlier, he was the Head of the Institutt for Mekanikk of the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH) of Trondheim from 1957 and, in 1960, he became full-time Professor at the same institute, a position he held until 1989. In 1960, he spent his second year as Visiting Professor at Brown University (USA). From 1964–69, he was a Visiting Scientist at the Wright–Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio. During 1973–74, he was a Visiting Scientist at the University of Rhode Island (USA), having been awarded a grant by the national science foundation (NSF). During 1985–90, he was appointed to the W.A. “Monty” Moncrief Centennial Chair in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He was also the Norwegian representative to AGARD (Advisory Group for Aerospace Research and Development) for 20 years (1966–1986).