List of chemical engineers
This is a list of notable chemical engineers, people who studied or practiced chemical engineering. The main list is those who achieved status in chemical engineering or a closely related field such as management or science. At the foot of the page is a list of people with chemical engineering qualifications who are notable for other reasons, such as actors, sportspeople and authors. These are people sufficiently notable to have an article in Wikipedia. Further articles on chemical engineers would be welcome. See the talk page for suggestions of people who should be added to the encyclopedia (and then to this list).
|Rakesh Agrawal||National Medal of Technology and Innovation for Air separation.||Air Products and Chemicals,Inc. and now at Purdue University|
|Mohammed Al Mady||Executive president of SABIC.||SABIC|
|Mukesh Ambani||Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries||Reliance Industries|
|Neal Amundson (1916-2011)||Chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering at University of Minnesota from 1949-1977. Professor, Chemical Engineering and Mathematics 1978-2011, and Provost (1987-1989) at University of Houston.||University of Minnesota and University of Houston|
|Leonid Andrussow (1896–1988)||Developed process to make hydrogen cyanide from ammonia and methane||I. G. Farben (now BASF)|
|Rutherford Aris (1929-2005)||Regents Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota (1958-2005). Pioneered the use of computers to solve optimization problems in kinetics and catalysis. Prolific publication record (see Rutherford Aris bibliography).||University of Minnesota|
|Prashant Agrawal||Managing Director of Bombay Rayon Fashion's Limited||Bombay Rayon Fashion's Limited|
|Robin Batterham||Former Chief Scientist of Australia(1999-2006)
Chief Scientist of Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Division of Mineral Engineering
|Office of the Chief Scientist (Australia)|
|Jay Bailey (1944–2001)||Pioneer in metabolic engineering||ETH Zurich|
|Henry Bessemer (1813–1898)||Invented Bessemer process for manufacturing steel||Independent inventor|
|Gordon Beveridge (1933-1999)||Former President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University of Belfast||Queen's University of Belfast|
|Samuel Bodman||United States Secretary of Energy (2005–2009)||US Government|
|Carl Bosch||From 1908 until 1913 developed the Haber-Bosch process together with Fritz Haber. His other notable work was for the introduction of high pressure chemistry. Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1931||BASF and I. G. Farben|
|Jerzy Buzek||Former Prime Minister of Poland, current President of the European Parliament||European Parliament|
|John G. Collier (1935–1995)||Two-phase flow and nuclear power expert, head of UKAEA and CEGB||UKAEA|
|John Coulson (1910–1990)||Co-author of what became the standard UK textbook set; Coulson & Richardson's Chemical Engineering||Newcastle University, UK|
|Donald A. Dahlstrom (1920–2005)||Inventor of the Hydrocyclone and related correlations, 1943. Elected to National Academy of Engineering in 1975 for, "Contributions to liquid-solids separation processes in mineral recovery and waste disposal"".||University of Utah|
|Zara Salim Davidson||Raja Puan Besar of Perak. Heads petroleum and petrochemical consulting firm in Malaysia.|
|George E. Davis (1850–1907)||Regarded as the 'founding father' of Chemical Engineering||University of Manchester|
|Nguyet Anh Duong||is a Vietnamese-American, she assisted in creating a new weapon called the Thermobaric weapon in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to assault tunnels and caves being used as hideouts by the Taliban in Afghanistan.||United States Department of Defense|
|John Drosdick (1943–)||Chairman and CEO of Sunoco, Inc.||Sunoco|
|James R. Fair (1920 - 2010)||Notable authority on process design, equipment design and separations||Monsanto Company, University of Texas|
|Richard Felder||Multiple award-winning engineering educator||North Carolina State University|
|Ian Fells||Energy expert and popular science broadcaster||Newcastle University, UK|
|Maria das Graças Foster||CEO of Petrobras. First woman to head a major oil-and-gas company||Petrobras, Brazil|
|Arthur Fry||Inventor of Post-it note||3M, USA|
|Clifton C. Garvin||Chairman and CEO||Exxon|
|Eugenio Garza Lagüera||Chairman and CEO||FEMSA|
|Karen Klincewicz Gleason||Namesake of Klincewicz method to predict critical values of pure components||MIT|
|Edwin R. Gilliland (1909–1963)||Namesake of the Gilliland correlation used in designing distillation columns||MIT|
|Roberto Goizueta||Former chairman and chief executive of Coca-Cola||Coca-Cola|
|Bill Gore||Founder of W.L. Gore and Associates||W. L. Gore and Associates, DuPont|
|Robert W. Gore||The inventor of Gore-Tex||W. L. Gore and Associates|
|Andrew Grove||former Chairman and CEO||Intel|
|Pierre Gy||developed theory of sampling|
|Fritz Haber (1868–1934)||Received Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1918 for the fixation of nitrogen from the air, the Haber process; also developed chemical warfare agents for the German government during World War I. Received the Rumford Medal in 1932 for, "... the outstanding importance of his work in physical chemistry, especially in the application of thermodynamics to chemical reactions".||University of Karlsruhe (TH)|
|Vladimir Haensel (1914–2002)||Inventor of the "Platforming" (Platinum Reforming) process, which led to the production of low cost high octane gasoline, and contributed to development of catalytic converters for automobiles.||University of Massachusetts Amherst|
|Judith Hackitt||Chair of UK Health and Safety Executive and President of IChemE.||Health and Safety Executive, IChemE|
|Douglas Patrick Harrison||Carried out research for DOE Vision 21 project as well research to remove CO2 from stack gas of coal-fired power generators and for production of pure Hydrogen from gasification of coal.||Louisiana State University|
|Fred Hassan||CEO and Chairman of Schering-Plough Corporation; former chairman and CEO for the Pharmacia Corporation||Schering-Plough|
|Beatrice Hicks||Co-founder and first president of the Society of Women Engineers||Society of Women Engineers|
|Csaba Horváth (1930–2004)||Pioneer of modern separation science||Yale University|
|Benjamin Hsiao||Vice- President for Research and Chief Research Officer at Stony Brook University; also the current spokesperson of the Advanced Polymers PRT Beamline at the National Synchrotron Light Source located at Brookhaven National Laboratory||Stony Brook University
Brookhaven National Laboratory
|Hu Tsu Tau Richard||Former Minister for Finance (Singapore) (1985–2001)|
|Sheldon E. Isakoff||Former director of DuPont and former president of American Institute of Chemical Engineers||DuPont & AIChE|
|Dan Itse||US Politician and holder of four patents on low-emission technology||Worcester Polytechnic Institute|
|Lisa P. Jackson||Former Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2009-2013)||Environmental Protection Agency|
|Joseph J. Jacobs (1916–2004)||Founder of Jacobs Engineering Group||Jacobs Engineering Group|
|Rakesh Jain||Integrated bioengineering with tumor biology and imaging gene expression and functions in vivo for drug delivery in tumors||Harvard Medical School|
|Mae Jemison||Science mission specialist on the Space Shuttle Endeavour and first black woman in space||NASA|
|W. W. Keeler (1908 - 1987)||President and CEO of Phillips Petroleum Company. Graduated in chemical engineering from University of Kansas||Phillips Petroleum Company|
|Trevor Kletz||Author of books dealing with chemical engineering safety||Loughborough University|
|Marius Kloppers||CEO of BHP Billiton||BHP Billiton|
|Riki Kobayashi (1924-2013)||Professor of Chemical Engineering; well known for his pioneering work in phase equilibrium, physical properties and transport properties which were highly important to the development of the natural gas processing industries.||Rice University|
|Charles Koch||CEO of Koch Industries||Koch Industries|
|David Koch||Executive vice-president of Koch Industries||Koch Industries|
|Fred C. Koch (1900–1967)||Founder of Koch Industries||Koch Industries|
|Robert Langer||Tissue Engineering and Controlled-Release Drug Delivery pioneer||MIT|
|Nicolas Leblanc||Inventor of the Leblanc process for making sodium carbonate from common salt|
|Frank Lees||author and pioneer of Loss Prevention in the process industries||Loughborough University|
|Warren K. Lewis (1882–1975)||American chemical engineering professor; played a role in defining the field of chemical engineering during its early development. Co-developer (with E. R. Gilliland) of Houdry process for petroleum refining. He is also known as the "Father of Modern Chemical Engineering"||MIT|
|Bodo Linnhoff (b. 1948)||Author of a 1977 thesis that formed the basis for pinch analysis, a methodology to optimize energy usage in processes.||Linnhoff March Ltd.|
|Arthur Dehon Little (1863–1935)||Consultant and co-founder, with William H. Walker, of Arthur D. Little, Inc., a major consulting firm||Arthur D. Little, Inc.|
|Andrew Liveris||Chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical Company.||Dow Chemical Company|
|Yueh-Lin Loo||Inventor of nanotransfer printing; professor of engineering||Princeton University|
|Ramesh Mashelkar||Leading architect of India's science and technology policies and current President of Global Research Alliance. Former Director General of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research.||CSIR India, Global Research Alliance|
|Sheri McCoy||Current CEO of Avon Products.||Avon Products|
|Victor Mills||Leading the team that created the modern disposable diapers and the
Pampers brand|| Procter & Gamble
|Lindelani Mthimunye||First South African FET student to conduct a Organic chemistry thesis|
|Mario Molina||Co-recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his role in elucidating the threat of chlorofluorocarbon gases to the Earth's ozone layer|
|Dudley Maurice Newitt (1894–1980)||Scientific director of Special Operations Executive developing gadgets for spies during World War II – a real life Q (James Bond). Received Rumford Medal, in 1962 for "... his distinguished contributions to chemical engineering."||Professor at Imperial College|
|Giulio Natta||Received Nobel Prize in 1963 for his works on high polymers||Professor at Politecnico di Milano|
|Lars Onsager||Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1968||Yale University|
|Adam Osborne (1939–2003)||Introduced the first ever portable computer in 1981, the same year IBM launched the personal computer||Osborne Computer Corporation|
|Donald Othmer (1904–1995)||Co-creator of the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology||Polytechnic University of New York|
|David J. O'Reilly||Chairman and CEO of Chevron Corporation||Chevron Corporation|
|Linus Pauling||Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1954, Nobel Peace Prize, 1962||California Institute of Technology, Oregon State University|
|Robert H. Perry||Author of Handbook in 1934, now Perry's Chemical Engineers' Handbook||University of Oklahoma|
|Martin Lewis Perl||Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the tau lepton||Stanford Linear Accelerator Center|
|Nicholas A. Peppas||Pioneer in drug delivery, biomaterials, hydrogels and nanobiotechnology||University of Texas at Austin|
|K. B. Quinan (1878–1948)||Explosive manufacturing expert in World War I and first vice-president of the Institution of Chemical Engineers||De Beers|
|Lee Raymond||ExxonMobil chairman and Chief Executive Officer||ExxonMobil|
|Dan Reneau||President of Louisiana Tech University||Louisiana Tech University|
|George Maxwell Richards||President of Trinidad and Tobago. Previously worked for Shell Trinidad Oil Co. and taught chemical engineering at University of West Indies|
|Jack Richardson||Co-wrote the textbook which became UK standard Coulson & Richardson's Chemical Engineering||Swansea University|
|Norbert Rillieux||Inventor who is most noted for developing the process that turned sugar from a luxury to a common commodity|
|Margaret Hutchinson Rousseau (1911–2000)||designed the first commercial penicillin production plant|
|Albert Sacco||US astronaut||Worcester Polytechnic Institute|
|Robert Satcher||US astronaut||NASA|
|Lanny Schmidt||Surface science and detailed chemistry||University of Minnesota|
|Man Mohan Sharma||Eminent Indian chemical engineering scientist and first Indian engineer to be elected as a Fellow of Royal Society, UK||Former director of Institute of Chemical Technology|
|Waldo L. Semon||Inventor who patented more than 116 inventions, including polyvinyl chloride (PVC)||B.F. Goodrich|
|L. Douglas Smoot||Research on aerospace and rocket fuel propulsion||Brigham Young University, California Institute of Technology, Lockheed Propulsion Company, Scientific Research Society of America|
|Edward Teller||Hungarian-born American theoretical physicist and "father of the hydrogen bomb"||University of Göttingen|
|Gautam Thapar||CEO of Indian conglomerate Avantha Group||Avantha Group|
|Lewis Urry||Invention of long-lasting alkaline batteries||Eveready Battery Co|
|Bill Wakeham||Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton (2001-2009) and President of IChemE||University of Southampton|
|William Hultz Walker (1869–1934)||Pioneer in teaching chemical engineering. Co-authored, with W. K. Lewis and W. H. McAdams, the first American textbook of chemical engineering, Principles of Chemical Engineering, published in 1924.||MIT|
|Jack Welch||Former chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GE||General Electric|
|Nathaniel C. Wyeth||inventor of PET plastic bottles||DuPont|
|Andrew Yakuba||Former Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Office||Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation|
Chemical engineers who became notable for other activities
- Najma Akhtar, English actress and singer, earned a Masters in chemical engineering from Aston University.
- |Ramani Ayer, CEO of The Hartford, earned a Masters and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Drexel University.
- Jacques Bergier, French writer, graduated in chemical engineering from ENSCP and worked on early nuclear engineering
- Garry Betty, contributor to the design of the original personal computer, earned a chemical engineering degree at Georgia Tech.
- Harsha Bhogle,famous Indian international cricket commentator, chemical engineering degree from Osmania University.
- Frank Capra, movie director, earned a chemical engineering degree at Caltech.
- Ray Davis (general), US General and recipient of the U.S. Medal of Honor, graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from Georgia School of Technology.
- Thierry Dusautoir, captain of the French National Rugby Union team, studied chemical engineering at the École Nationale Supérieure in Bordeaux.
- Vilma Espin, Cuban revolutionary and former wife of Raul Castro, studied chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
- Gallagher, stand up comedian, earned a chemical engineering degree at the University of South Florida.
- Kevin Greening, science presenter on Radio Five Live (UK), studied chemical engineering at St Catharine's College, Cambridge.
- Pat Kenney, broadcaster, earned a chemical engineering degree from University College Dublin.
- Bill Koch, businessman and skipper of 1992 America's Cup winning yacht.
- Ashok Kumar, Indian-born British Labour politician, BSc, MSc, PhD in chemical engineering at Aston University
- Dolph Lundgren, actor and karateka, earned an undergraduate chemical engineering degree from the Royal Institute of Technology and a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney.
- Khalid Masud, Muslim scholar from Pakistan, obtained a master's degree in chemistry from the University of the Punjab and a chemical engineering diploma from King's College, Cambridge.
- John von Neumann, mathematician and physicist, studied chemical engineering at ETH-Zurich.
- Nitin Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School, gained BTech in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
- Seyi Olofinjana, Nigerian international footballer, earned degree in chemical engineering from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology.
- Michael Ruffin, American professional basketball player, earned degree in chemical engineering from University of Tulsa.
- Laura Shields, English-Sri Lankan model and actress, earned master's degree in chemical engineering from University of Leeds.
- E. E. Smith, science fiction author of the Lensman and Skylark series fame. Earned PhD in chemical engineering from George Washington University.
- Xi Jinping, current CPC General Secretary and President of China, studied chemical engineering at Tsinghua University.
- Benjamin Lee Whorf, American linguist, earned degree in chemical engineering from MIT.
Chemical engineers in fiction
- In the Charlie Chan film, "The Shanghai Cobra" (1945), "H.R. Jarvis, Chemical Engineer" is stenciled on the laboratory door rented by the eponymous villain who had been using that alias while he schemed to steal radium from a nearby bank vault.
- In the CBS radio thriller,"The House in Cypress Canyon" which aired live on December 5, 1945 on "Suspense Radio," the character "James A. Woods, Chemical Engineer" was the perpetrator of a murder-suicide and the narrator/protagonist of the supernatural yarn found in a shoebox, the basis of the story.
- In Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 1958 TV episode "The Motive", character Tom Greer kills a man he finds in the phone book, who happens to be a Chemical Engineer.
- Captain Virgil "The Cooler King" Hilts, as portrayed by Steve McQueen in the 1963 film The Great Escape.
- Graeme Miller by Ewen Bremner in the 2004 film AVP: Alien vs. Predator
- Stanley Goodspeed played by Nicolas Cage in The Rock (film)
- Gunner Jensen by Dolph Lundgren in the 2012 film The Expendables 2
- Comic Book Guy in The Simpsons has a degree in chemical engineering
- Lists of notable engineers by discipline for lists of engineers by discipline.