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Johanna Weber


August 8, 1910 - October 24, 2014

Johanna Weber was born in Düsseldorf, Germany. In 1929 she began her studies in chemistry, mathematics, and physics at the University of Cologne (Universität zu Köln) before switching to Göttingen University. She graduated with first-class honors in 1935, then studied for two years to become a teacher. After being refused a teaching post since she was not a member of the Nazi Party, she began working in industry, eventually becoming a world leader in the field of aerodynamics during her career in Germany and later England.

An extensive biography of Johanna Weber by John Green can be found in the obituary he wrote for the Royal Aeronautical Society. Other obituaries are given in the references below.


  1. Green, John. "Obituary - Dr. Johanna Weber," Royal Aeronautical Society, January 12, 2015.
  2. Childs, Martin. "Johanna Weber: Mathematician and aerodynamics expert whose work on wind design played a key role in developing Concorde," Obituary, The Independent, November 30, 2014.
  3. Küchemann, Dietmar. "Johanna Weber," European Women in Mathematics website.
  4. Fountain, Nigel. "Johanna Weber obituary: Mathematician who was instrumental in the development of Concorde," The Guardian, November 9, 2014.
  5. Johanna Weber, Wikipedia.