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Published as Subject

James Lindsay White



January 3, 1938 – November 26, 2009

Authorized Form of Name

White, James Lindsay, 1938-

Additional Forms of Names

White, J. L.

White, J. L. (James Lindsay), 1938-

White, James L. (James Lindsay), 1938-

White, James Lindsay, 1938-2009



James White was awarded the Bingham Medal of the Society of Rheology in 1981. He is recognized as a leading figure in the establishment in polymer engineering in academia.

Important Dates

January 3, 1938Birth, Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.).

1959B.Sc in Chemical Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.).

1962M.Sc. In Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark (Del.).

1963 – 1967Research engineer and group leader, United States Rubber Company (later called Uniroyal, Inc.).

1965Ph.D in Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware, Newark (Del.).

1967 – 1983Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Tenn.).

1981Awarded the Bingham Medal, Society of Rheology.

1983 – 2009Center Director and Department Chair of Institute and Department of Polymer Engineering, University of Akron, Akron (Ohio).

1984Awarded the Yuko-Sho Award, Japan’s Society of Rheology (Nihon Reorojī Gakkai).

1986 – 2004Editor of International Polymer Processing Journal, Polymer Processing Society.

1987Awarded the Education Award, Society of Plastics Engineers.

1992Awarded the Research Award, Society of Plastics Engineers.

2009Awarded the Charles Goodyear Medal, ACS Rubber Division.

November 26, 2009Death.


Polymer engineer.



Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

Undergraduate Education

Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)

Graduate Education

Newark (Del.)


Knoxville (Tenn.)

Akron (Ohio)


Polymer rheology.




Advisors & Collaborators

Cakmak, Mukerrem

Advised by White, University of Tennessee.

Metzner, A. B.

Graduate advisor, University of Delaware.


Gent, Alan N.


Major Positions

Polymer Processing Society

Editor, International Polymer Processing Journal.

United States Rubber Company

Research engineer and group leader.

University of Akron

Director and Department Chair of Institute and Department of Polymer Engineering.

University of Tennessee (Knoxville campus)

Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Chemical Society

Awarded the Charles Goodyear Medal (2009).

Nihon Reorojī Gakkai

Awarded the Yuko-Sho Award (1984).

Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn

B.Sc. In Chemical Engineering (1959).

Society of Plastics Engineers

Awarded the Education Award (1987); and the Research Award (1992).

Society of Rheology (U.S.)

Recipient of 1981 Bingham Medal.

University of Delaware

M.Sc. In Chemical Engineering (1962); and Ph.D in Chemical Engineering (1965).


Published Resources


"1981 Bingham Medalist," Box 6, Folder 37, Rheology Bulletin, Vol 50, No. 2, July 1981.

Physics Today article, "James L. White Wins 1981 Bingham Medal"

Rubber and Plastic News article, "James White, 2009 Charles Goodyear medalist, dies at 71."

University of Akron obiturary for Dr. James Lindsay White.