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W. W. Graessley


September 10, 1933 – February 18, 2017

Authorized Form of Name

Graessley, W. W. (William Walter)

Additional Forms of Names

Graessley, William W., 1933-

Graessley, William Walter



William Walter Graessley was awarded the Bingham Medal of the Society of Rheology in 1979. He held positions at Northwestern University, Princeton University, the Society of Rheology, and the American Physical Society.

Important Dates

September 10, 1933Birth, Muskegon (Mich.).

1956B.Sc. In Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Mich.).

1959 – 1963Senior Chemist, Air Reduction Company, Murray Hill (N.J.).

1960Ph.D in Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Mich.).

1963 – 1982Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; Walter P. Murphy Professor; and Assistant Director, Materials Research Center, Northwestern University, Evanston (Ill.).

1969 – 1975Assistant Editor of Transactions journal, Society of Rheology.

1975 – 1978Executive Committee member, Division of High Polymer Physics, American Physical Society.

1979Awarded the Bingham Medal, Society of Rheology.

1982 – 1987Senior Science Advisor, Exxon Research and Engineering Company.

1987 – 1998Professor of Chemical Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton (N.J.).

1990Member, National Academy of Engineering.

1990Awarded the Polymer Physics Prize, American Physical Society.

February 18, 2017Death, Evanston (Ill.).


Chemical engineer.



Muskegon (Mich.)

Undergraduate Education

Ann Arbor (Mich.)

Graduate Education

Ann Arbor (Mich.)


Murray Hill (N.J.)

Evanston (Ill.)

Princeton (N.J.)


Evanston (Ill.)



Polymer rheology.

Rheology -- Societies, etc.




Advisors & Collaborators

Colby, Ralph H.

Advised by Graessley, Northwestern University.

Krishnamoorti, Ramanan, 1966-

Advised by Graessley, Princeton University.

Maranas, Janna Kay, 1965-

Advised by Graessley, Princeton University.

Sebastian, John Michael, 1973-

Advised by Graessley, Princeton University.

Tsenoglou, Christos, 1954-

Advised by Graessley, Northwestern University.


Register, Richard, 1943-

Schowalter, William Raymond, 1929-


Major Positions

Air Reduction Company

Senior Chemist.

Exxon Research and Engineering Company

Senior Science Advisor.

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; Walter P. Murphy Professor; and Assistant Director, Materials Research Center.

Princeton University

Professor of Chemical Engineering.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

Executive Committee Member, Division of High Polymer Physics ; and awarded the Polymer Physics Prize (1990).

Society of Rheology (U.S.)

Assistant editor of Transactions journal; and recipient of the Bingham Medal (1979).

University of Michigan

B.Sc in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (1956); and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering (1960).


Archival Resources


Box 6, Folder 32, Society of Rheology miscellaneous publications. Rheology Bulletin, Vol 48, No. 1, July 1979.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources


Chemistry Tree: Graessley professional relations list.

Physics Today, "Graessley receives Bingham Medal."

Princeton University article, "William Graessley, emeritus chemical engineering professor and polymers expert, dies at 83."