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Charles F. Curtiss



April 4, 1921 – December 24, 2007

Authorized Form of Name

Curtiss, Charles F. (Charles Francis)

Additional Forms of Names

Curtiss, Charles Francis



Dr. Charles F. Curtiss was a theoretical and physical chemist both educated and employed at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Curtiss was awarded the Society of Rheology's Bingham Medal in 1987.

Important Dates

April 4, 1921Birth, Chicago (Ill.).

1942B.Sc in Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison (Wis.).

1948Ph.D, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison (Wis.).

1949 – 2007Faculty in physics and chemistry departments (1949-1960); Professor of Chemistry (1960-1989); Professor emeritus (1989-2007), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison (Wis.).

1987Awarded the Bingham Medal, Society of Rheology.

1994Awarded the Eringen Award, Society of Engineering Science.

December 24, 2007Death, Madison (Wis.).


Theoretical and physical chemist.



Chicago (Ill.)

Undergraduate Education

Madison (Wis.)

Graduate Education

Madison (Wis.)


Madison (Wis.)


Madison (Wis.)



Advisors & Collaborators

Bird, R. Byron (Robert Byron), 1924-

Collaborated on "Molecular Theory of Gases and Liquids."

Hirschfelder, Joseph Oakland, 1911-

Advisor, University of Wisconsin- Madision; and collaborated on "Molecular Theory of Gases and Liquids."

Snider, Robert F., 1931-

Advised by Curtiss, University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Major Positions

University of Wisconsin--Madison

B.Sc in Chemistry (1942); Ph.D (1948); Faculty in physics and chemistry departments; Professor of Chemistry; and Professor emeritus.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Society of Engineering Science

Awarded the Eringen Award (1994).

Society of Rheology (U.S.)

Awarded the Bingham Medal (1987).


Archival Resources


Oral history interview with Robert Byron Bird, 2016 May 22 and 23.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources


Molecular theory of gases and liquids/ Joseph O. Hirschfelder, Charles F. Curtiss, R. Byron Bird ; with the assistance of the staff of the University of Wisconsin Naval Research Laboratory.


Society of Rheology miscellaneous publications: Box 8, Folder 02, Rheology Bulletin, Vol 77, No. 2, July 2008.

Chemistry Tree Charles Curtiss professional relations list.

Society of Rheology miscellaneous publications: Box 6, Folder 49, Rheology Bulletin, Vol 56, No. 2, July 1987.