John Prausnitz

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John Michael Prausnitz
BornJanuary 7, 1928 (1928-01-07) (age 91)
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materCornell University
University of Rochester
Princeton University
Known forMolecular Thermodynamics, NRTL, UNIQUAC, UNIFAC
AwardsNational Medal of Science (2003)
Scientific career
FieldsChemical Engineering
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Berkeley
Doctoral advisorR.H. Wilhelm

John Michael Prausnitz is a professor of chemical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, a position he has held since 1955.[1] Dr. Prausnitz is responsible for many of the activity coefficient models used for the design of major chemical plants.[2] He is a recipient of the National Medal of Science in the field of engineering for his work in engineering-oriented molecular thermodynamics.[3]


  1. ^ Annual Reviews Conversations Presents An Interview with John M. Prausnitz. Rascouët-Paz, Anna. Annual Reviews, 24 May 2011.
  2. ^ O'Connell, John P. (2011). "Preface to the John M. Prausnitz Festschrift". Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data. 56: 691–693. doi:10.1021/je2000843.
  3. ^ "John M. Prausnitz". National Science and Technology Medals Foundation. Retrieved 4 October 2016.