Jurjen Battjes

Jurjen Anno Battjes (born 22 February 1939) is a Dutch civil engineer. He was a professor of fluid dynamics at Delft University of Technology until his retirement in 2004.


Battjes was born on 22 February 1939 in Winschoten.[1][2] He studied civil engineering at Delft University of Technology, earning his M.Sc in 1962. Battjes subsequently spent four years as an assistant professor at the Laboratory of Coastal Engineering at the University of Florida, in the United States.[1][3] He started working as a professor at Delft University of Technology in the late 1960s, where he held the chair of fluid dynamics.[4] In 1974 Battjes obtained his Doctor title in technical sciences at Delft University under Johan Schönfeld, with a thesis titled Computation of Set-up, Longshore Currents, Run-up and Overtopping due to Wind-generated Waves. Battjes retired in 2004.[1]

In October 2005 Battjes was hired to help analyse the causes of the 2005 levee failures in Greater New Orleans that were caused by Hurricane Katrina. Battjes was member of the External Review Panel, charged with checking the work of the taskforce investigating the functioning of levees in Greater New Orleans.[4] He was the only non-American on this panel.[5]

Battjes became a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1975.[6] In 1990, he won the International Coastal Engineering Award of the American Society of Civil Engineers.[7] In 2009, Battjes was elected as a foreign member of the United States National Academy of Engineering in the section of civil engineering.[8]



  1. 1 2 3 John Z. Shi (May 2010). "Jurjen Anno Battjes Elected Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Engineering of the United States 2009". Journal of Coastal Research. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  2. Battjes, J.A. in De Leden Van de Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie Van Wetenschappen: Een Demografisch Perspectief: 1808 Tot 2008, p 251
  3. "Dijken bezweken door constructiefout" (in Dutch). Delft University of Technology. 3 November 2005. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  4. 1 2 Robert Visscher (9 February 2006). "Woestijn van ellende" (in Dutch). Delta. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  5. Michael Persson (26 November 2005). "Niet lachen om New Orleans" (in Dutch). de Volkskrant. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  6. "Jurjen Battjes". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 21 February 2016. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  7. "International Coastal Engineering Award past winners". American Society of Civil Engineers. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  8. "Dr. Jurjen A. Battjes". National Academy of Engineering. Retrieved 22 February 2016.

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