© 1989

One Hundred Years of Chemical Engineering

From Lewis M. Norton (M.I.T. 1888) to Present

  • Nikolaos A. Peppas

Part of the Chemists and Chemistry book series (CACH, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Nikolaos A. Peppas
    Pages 1-14
  3. H. Janeschitz-Kriegl
    Pages 111-124
  4. R. A. Mashelkar, J. V. Rajan
    Pages 153-221
  5. Peter N. Rowe, Anthony R. Burgess
    Pages 223-236
  6. A. J. Biddlestone, J. Bridgwater
    Pages 237-244
  7. D. C. Freshwater, B. W. Brooks, A. Foord
    Pages 245-261
  8. Nikolaos A. Peppas, Ronald S. Harland
    Pages 263-299
  9. Ralph Wells Moulton
    Pages 353-362
  10. Satish J. Parulekar, Darsh T. Wasan
    Pages 363-377
  11. Deran Hanesian, Angelo Perna, Joseph Joffe
    Pages 379-397
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 399-414

About this book


One hundred years ago, in September 1888, Professor Lewis Mills Norton (1855-1893) of the Chemistry Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology introduced to the curriculum a course on industrial chemical practice. This was the first structured course in chemical engineer­ ing taught in a University. Ten years later, Norton's successor Frank H. Thorpe published the first textbook in chemical engineering, entitled "Outlines of Industrial Chemistry." Over the years, chemical engineering developed from a simple industrial chemical analysis of processes into a mature field. The volume presented here includes most of the commissioned and contributed papers presented at the American Chemical Society Symposium celebrating the centenary of chemical engineering. The contributions are presented in a logical way, starting first with the history of chemical engineering, followed by analyses of various fields of chemical engineering and concluding with the history of various U.S. and European Departments of Chemical Engineering. I wish to thank the authors of the contributions/chapters of this volume for their enthusiastic response to my idea of publishing this volume and Dr. Gianni Astarita of the University of Naples, Italy, for his encouragement during the initial stages of this project.


chemical analysis chemical engineering chemistry industrial chemistry

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  • Nikolaos A. Peppas
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Chemical EngineeringPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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`This book is warmly recommended to chemical engineers, historians of chemistry, and to all persons interested in the development of chemical engineering both in the United States and abroad.'
Journal of Chemical Education, 67 (7) July 1990