Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
News
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
 

AUB Professor Pierre Azoury dies, leaving behind scholarship in music and engineering
11/19/2014
   |  Office of Communications  |  media@aub.edu.lb  | 
AUB Professor Pierre Azoury dies, leaving behind scholarship in music and engineering
Azoury

AUB Professor Pierre Azoury, a mechanical engineering scholar and an avid music lover, died on November 19, 2014. He was 84.

Born in Port Said, Egypt on March 15, 1930, Azoury graduated from Victoria College in Alexandria, then move on to England where he earned a BS in mechanical engineering from London University.  He continued his studies at the Imperial College where he received his PhD in mechanical engineering in 1961.

That same year, Azoury joined AUB as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He was later promoted to Professor and served as Chairman of the Mechanical Engineering Department from 1987 to 1995. His field of research was in compressible fluid flow where he published several technical papers.  In 1992 he also published a text book entitled “Engineering Applications of Unsteady Flow.” 

Pierre Azoury’s second true passion was classical music. In an interview with Gareth Smith of the Daily Star, Azoury stated that “[Engineering and music] can share the inspiration to invent. In all arts and sciences, there’s an emotional ecstasy in invention.”

Pierre Azoury was always deeply moved by the music of the great Polish composer, Chopin, who had already impressed him as a teenager. He made his own contributions to the 150th anniversary of Chopin by authoring a book “Chopin Through His Contemporaries,”(1999).  He was a member of the Friends of the Al Bustan Festival and assisted them in writing the articles and notes for the1999 program, and in mounting the Chopin exhibition, after having inspired them to choose Poland as the theme of the festival. His book and the exhibition earned him a decoration from the Polish Embassy.

The first music event at the Goethe Institute after the Civil War were his eight weekly lectures in commemoration of the bicentennial of the passing of Mozart  under the title” Mozart, an Illustrated Profile of the Man and his Music”.

He made three piano recordings in Berlin in 1991, 1992 and 1993. Most were improvisations. His 1993 pieces, inspired by Gibran’s “The Prophet,” were written in the Romantic style but the seventh and last, “Death” was improvised. The Beirut Suite was composed during the Civil War and portrays life during this period.

At the time of his passing, he held a double appointment as professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and as professor in the Department of Fine Arts and History.

Story Highlights
  • AUB Professor Pierre Azoury, a mechanical engineering scholar and an avid music lover, died on November 19, 2014.
  • In 1961, Azoury joined AUB as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering.
  • At the time of his passing, he held a double appointment as professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and as professor in the Department of Fine Arts and History.
 
Related Info
Contact Info
Office of Communications
Tel: 961-1-350000 Ext. 2670
Email: media@aub.edu.lb
 
 
News AUB in the News
Google Plus AUB Google+ Page
Facebook AUB Facebook Page
You Tube AUB YouTube Channel
Twitter AUB Twitter Page
Instagram AUB Instagram Account
Contact us Jobs Disclaimer Copyright Non-Discrimination/Title IX