Liviu Librescu (Romanian pronunciation: [ˈlivju liˈbresku]; Hebrew: ליביו ליברסקו; August 18, 1930 – April 16, 2007) was a Romanian-born Israeli and American scientist and engineer. He was a professor whose major research fields were aeroelasticity and aerodynamics. He was born in Ploiești, Romania. He was Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Tech.
He was a known academic in addition to being a survivor of the Holocaust, he was most widely known for his heroic actions during the Virginia Tech shootings, in which he held off the gunman, giving all but one of his students enough time to escape through the windows. Shot and killed during the attack, Librescu was awarded the Order of the Star of Romania, Romania's highest civilian honor.
References[change | change source]
- ↑ "Liviu Librescu's Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-06-13. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
- ↑ Holocaust Survivor, Professor Killed Helping Students Escape, Fox News, April 17, 2007. Accessed February 20, 2008.
Other websites[change | change source]
- In Memoriam Archived 2012-06-19 at the Wayback Machine, Virginia Tech Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics
- Librescu Family Condolence Page Archived 2007-04-22 at the Wayback Machine, Chabad on Campus Foundation
- BBC profile
- The Librescu Jewish Student Center Archived 2016-04-21 at the Wayback Machine
- 1930 births
- 2007 deaths
- Engineers from Virginia
- Deaths by firearm
- Holocaust survivors
- Israeli academics
- Israeli Jews
- Israeli scientists
- Jewish academics
- Jewish American academics
- Jewish American scientists
- Naturalized citizens of Israel
- Naturalized citizens of the United States
- Romanian Jews
- Educators from Virginia
- Scientists from Virginia