Thomas W. Leland, Jr. was a professor of Chemical Engineering at Rice University from September 1954, until his untimely death on July 31st, 1986. He was chairman of the department from 1965 until 1970 and held the A. J. Hartsook Chair in Chemical Engineering during the period of 1981 through 1986.
Professor Leland's specialty, in both research and teaching, was thermodynamics, although he made significant earlier contributions in catalysis. In his principal research, he was distinguished for his work in formulating elegant fundamental generalizations relating molecular and macroscopic properties of fluid mixtures. Numerous papers published in scientific and engineering journals bear witness to his research diversity and productivity.
We are deeply indebted to his friends, colleagues, and his family for their remembrance in making this lectureship possible.
|2017||John F. Brady - The California Institute of Technology|
|2016||Ignacio Iglesia - University of California, Berkeley|
|2015||Frank Bates - University of Minnesota|
|2014||Joan Brennecke - University of Notre Dame|
|2013||James A. Dumesic - University of Wisconsin|
|2012||Mark E. Davis - California Institute of Technology|
|2008||William Russell - Princeton University|
|2007||Carol K. Hall - North Carolina State University|
|2004||Eduardo D. Glandt - University of Pennsylvania|
|2003||Matthew Tirrell - University of California, Santa Barbara|
|2002||Bruce Finlayson - University of Washington|
|2001||Keith E. Gubbins - North Carolina State University|
|1999||L.E. (Skip) Scriven - University of Minnesota|
|1998||Roy Jackson - Princeton University|
|1997||Jacob Israelachvili - University of California|
|1994||Benjamin Widom - Cornell University|
|1992||John Prausnitz - University of California, Berkeley|
|1990||John Rowlinson - Oxford University|