Rustum Roy (July 3, 1924 – August 26, 2010) was a materials scientist who held visiting professorships in materials science at Arizona State University and in medicine at the University of Arizona, as well as an emeritus position at Pennsylvania State University in three departments. He described himself as a science policy analyst, advocate of interdisciplinary education and alternative medicine, and science and religion.
Education and career
Roy was born in Ranchi, Bihar Province, India. In 1942 he received BS in Physical Chemistry from Patna University and in 1944 his MS from the same university. He earned a Ph.D. in ceramics at Penn State in 1948, and became an American citizen in 1961. He had a long career at Penn State in geochemistry and materials science. He founded the Materials Science Laboratory at Penn State and authored hundreds of technical papers. Roy was a member of the National Academy of Engineering. Publishing in a journal for which he was editor-in-chief, he wrote about the relevance of the structure of water to homeopathy which he defended from 'Homeophobia' by letter to The Guardian. He referred to himself as a "citizen scientist."
Roy died on August 26, 2010 at the age of 86.
Awards and honors
- Evan Pugh Professor of the Solid State Emeritus
- Professor of Geochemistry Emeritus
- Professor of Science, Technology, and Society Emeritus
- Honorary Member, Ceramic Society of Japan 1991
- Foreign Member, Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, elected 1977
- Foreign Fellow, Indian National Science Academy, elected 1984
- Honorary Fellow, Indian Academy of Sciences, 1990
- Foreign Associate, Engineering Academy of Japan, Foreign Associate 1991
- Foreign Member, Academy of Russian Sciences Foreign Member; elected 1999
- Ceramic Society of Japan (Centennial) International Award, 1991
- Mineralological Society of America Award 1957
- Federation of Materials Societies, National Materials Advancement Award 1991
- American Chemical Society DuPont Award in Chemistry of Materials, 1993
- American Society for Engineering Education, Centennial Medal, 1993; Installed in Hall of Fame, 1993 (one of 43 in 100 years).
- Order of the Rising Sun, 3rd Class, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, 2002.
Roy served as a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (1980–85) and Senior Policy Fellow at the Brookings Institution (1982–83). He was on the Planning and Strategy Committee of the National Council of Churches from 1964–70. He worked with Andrew Weil's program in integrative medicine and whole person healing at the University of Arizona.
- with coauthor Della Roy, Honest Sex (1969), Signet Press, Author's Choice Press 2003 reprint: ISBN 0-595-27213-4
- (contributor), Materials Science and Engineering in the United States: Proceedings (1970) Penn State U. Press ISBN 0-271-00101-1
- Experimenting With Truth: The Fusion of Religion With Technology Needed for Humanity's Survival (1980), Pergamon Press, ISBN 0-08-025820-4, the 1979 Hibbert Lectures
- Radioactive Waste (1982), Pergamon Press, ISBN 0-08-027541-9
- Lost at the Frontier: U.S. Science and Technology Policy Adrift (1985), ISI Press, ISBN 0-89495-042-8
- (co-editor), Materials Science and Engineering Serving Society (1998), Elsevier Science, ISBN 0-444-82793-5
- (editor), The Interdisciplinary Imperative: Interactive Research and Education, Still an Elusive Goal in Academia (2000), Writers Club Press, ISBN 0-595-01179-9
- Science of Whole Person Healing: Proceedings of the First Interdisciplinary International Conference (2003), iUniverse, ISBN 0-595-30153-3
- Observations & Studies of the Healing Efficacy of the Life Vessel (2009) 
- Phoebe Forrest Link, Passionate Realist: Rustum Roy In Our Life And Time (1994), Cricklewood Press, ISBN 0-9643077-0-7
- Roy R. (2005) “The Structure of Liquid Water; Novel Insights from Materials Research; Potential Relevance to Homeopathy.” Material Research Innovations. 9 (4), pg 577-608.
- Roy, Rustum (2007-12-19). "'Homeophobia must not be tolerated'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-02-24.
- "Influential materials scientist Rustum Roy dies". Penn State News. August 27, 2010.
- Rustum Roy, vita for health groups
- Rustum Roy home page
- Profile and interviews at PBS Faith and Reason series
- Novella S, Roy R, Marcus D, Bell IR, Davidovitch N, Saine A (2008). "A Debate: Homeopathy-Quackery or a Key to the Future of Medicine?". J Altern Complement Med 14 (1): 9. doi:10.1089/acm.2007.0770. PMID 18199017.
- Nature News disproves water as fuel Nature (journal) News article
- Scientific paper proof of the inability of water to retain structure Published in Nature (journal)