J.H. Keenan's Contribution to Thermodynamics
"Joseph Henry Keenan, whom this symposium honors, died in 1977, but his ground-breaking work continues to influence the field of thermodynamics,
as his colleagues, protégés and scientific descendants attest. Keenan's efforts had practical outcomes, such as determining the properties of steam,
which boosted the electric power industry. But as Ahmed Ghoniem says, Keenan's exploration and reformulation of the laws of thermodynamics helped place
this field in the center of such diverse, contemporary disciplines as the life sciences, energy, information, computation and the nanosciences. "The field
has grown from a model of the heat engine to a set of fundamental principles that govern energy conversion in all forms."