Obituary: Raymond Cohen

Raymond Cohen, who was Herrick Laboratories Professor Emeritus and a long-time contributor to IIR activities, passed away at the age of 96.

Ray Cohen came to Purdue University as a student in the 1940s.  He obtained his BA, MA, and PhD, all at Purdue ME.


He started his research career in the early days of Herrick Labs, gaining significant recognition for his research on positive displacement compressors. He eventually became an appointed professor, and his research on refrigeration and air conditioning really helped to give Herrick Labs a global reach.


He was instrumental in the creation of the Purdue Compressor Conferences, which are held every two years.  He was Director of Herrick Labs from 1972 to 1993.


He was an Honorary Member of the IIR and the US Delegate to the IIR from 1991 to 1999, after serving as President of Commission B2 from 1980 to 1987.


The IIR offers its sincere condolences to his family.


You can find more information about Ray Cohen here.


History of Herrick Labs - R. Cohen © Purdue University – Mechanical Engineering

(Information provided by Eckhard Groll, President of IIR Section B)