Otto Grim

* 22.12.1911 in Groißenbrunn, Austria; † 21.06.1994 in Hamburg, Germany

2nd Georg Weinblum Memorial Lecture (1979/80)

Propeller und Leitrad als mögliches Antriebsorgan für Schiffe | tub.dok
Propeller and Vane Wheel

Short Biography

Otto Grim studied at the Technical University of Vienna (Technische Hochschule Wien) from 1929 to 1934. Following graduation, he served as a naval constructor with the German Navy until 1945. In 1950, he devoted himself to the science of naval architecture, becoming the head of the research department at the Hamburg Ship Model Basin (HSVA). Three years later, he completed his PhD dissertation which made him well-known. Further research and publications made it inevitable in 1962 that Otto Grim succeeded Georg Weinblum in occupying the Chair of Ship Theory at the University of Hamburg. Following the death of Hermann Lerbs, Otto Grim also served from 1969 to 1974 as Director of HSVA.

Besides his principal works on ship motions in a seaway and ship vibration, Professor Grim's innovations must be mentioned, in particular the Grim propeller shaft and the ice tank which he established at HSVA in 1971. Otto Grim died in 1994.

External Links

[–] Festschrift Otto Grim 100 Jahre on (in German) PDF

[The short biography is taken from the invitation letter for the Georg Weinblum Memorial Lecture held by Otto Grim. Some slight modifications have been made when deemed necessary.]