Michel Boudart

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Michel Boudart
Born (1924-06-18)18 June 1924
Brussels, Belgium
Died 2 May 2012(2012-05-02) (aged 87)
Palo Alto, California
Fields Chemical Engineering
Institutions Stanford University
Alma mater University of Louvain, Princeton University
Doctoral advisor Hugh Stott Taylor
Notable students Ryong Ryoo
Known for Catalysis
Notable awards Chemical Pioneer Award (1991)
E. V. Murphree Award (1985)

Michel Boudart (born 18 June 1924 in Brussels, Belgium; died 2 May 2012) PhD was the William M. Keck Sr. Professor of Chemical Engineering Emeritus at Stanford University.

He earned his BS and MS from the University of Louvain in 1944 and 1947 respectively and earned his PhD in chemistry at Princeton University in 1950 under the guidance of Hugh Stott Taylor.[1] He was a professor at Princeton until 1961 and briefly at University of California, Berkeley where he help to establish their program in catalysis and reactions engineering.

Joining Stanford University in 1964, he was best known for his role in establishing the Stanford Chemical Engineering department and his work in catalysis.[2] In 1994, he became a professor emeritus. He was a member of the National Academy of Science and the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the California Academy of Science.

Personal life[edit]

Born in Brussels, during the Second World War, he was accepted to the University of Louvain but the university was closed. He was married to his wife Marina d'Haese Boudart. They were avid world travelers and had a daughter and three sons.[3]


  1. ^ "Chemistry Tree". Academic Tree. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Myers, Andrew (May 7, 2012). "MICHEL BOUDART, CHEMICAL ENGINEER AND EXPERT IN CATALYSIS, DIES AT 87". Stanford Engineering. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  3. ^ Myers, Andrew (May 9, 2012). "Michel Boudart, Stanford chemical engineer and expert in catalysis, dies at 87". Stanford Report. Retrieved 12 January 2013.