Death of a Bulk Solids Pioneer

December 04, 2014


I just learned that Abraham Goldberg was killed in Jerusalem last month. The BBC news item link below gives details:

Abraham initiated conferences on silos, bulk solids and pneumatic conveying in the UK, Chicago and elsewhere in the 1970s and 80s. He was the driving force in making the Chicago Powder Show the success that it has become, and it is testimony to his work that it remains even today as the premier North American conference and exhibition in our field.

Anyone looking back at early reference materials for papers in our field will see that Abraham’s Powder Advisory Centre published many of them. The Bulk Materials Handling Committee of the U.K. Institution of Mechanical Engineers honored him in 1991 with their Bulk Solids Handling Award.

Abraham left the UK to live in Israel more than 20 years ago.

I remember Abraham well from those early days, and I mourn with others the senseless loss of a good and decent man’s life. It is good to remember those who have helped develop our bulk solids community.

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