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Robert Simha



August 4, 1912 – June 5, 2008

Authorized Form of Name

Simha, Robert, 1912-2008



Robert Simha was awarded the Bingham Medal of the Society of Rheology in 1973. Throughout his career, he held positions at Columbia University, the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, Howard University, the National Bureau of Standards, New York University, University of Southern California, and Case Western Reserve University.

Important Dates

August 4, 1912Birth, Vienna (Austria).

1935Ph.D in Theoretical Physics, University of Vienna, Vienna (Austria).

1938 – 1942Postdoctoral research associate, Columbia University, New York (N.Y.).

1941Research fellow, Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.).

1942 – 1945Research faculty, Howard University, Washington (D.C.).

1945Consultant and Coordinator of Polymer Research, National Bureau of Standards (now NIST).

1951 – 1958Faculty, Chemical engineering department, New York University, New York (N.Y.).

1958 – 1968Professor of Chemistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles (Calif.).

1968 – 2008Faculty, Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland (Ohio).

1973Awarded the Bingham Medal, Society of Rheology.

1981Awarded the Polymer Physics Prize, American Physical Society.

June 5, 2008Death, Cleveland (Ohio).


Polymer physicist.



Vienna (Austria)

Graduate Education

Vienna (Austria)


New York (N.Y.)

Washington (D.C.)

Los Angeles (Calif.)

Cleveland (Ohio)


Cleveland (Ohio)


Polymer rheology.




Advisors & Collaborators

Branson, Herman R. (Herman Russell), 1914-1995

Collaborated on research of kinetics and statics of copolymerization chain reactions.

Consolati, Giovanni

Collaborated on research of hole fraction and positronium annihilation lifetime spectroscopy.

Ehrenhaft, Felix, 1879-1952

Advisor, University of Vienna.

Jain, Rakesh K.

Collaborated on the apllicaton of the theory to multicomponent systems.

Jamieson, Alexander M.

Collaborated on research of hole fraction and positronium annihilation lifetime spectroscopy.

La Mer, Victor K. (Victor Kuhn), 1895-1966

Collaborated on development of depolymerization theory.

Mark, H. F. (Herman Francis), 1895-1992

Advisor, University of Vienna.

McGervey, John D., 1931-

Collaborated on research of hole fraction and positronium annihilation lifetime spectroscopy.

Papazoglou, Elisabeth S.

Collaborated on theory of elastic constants of polymer glasses.

Silberberg, Alexander 1923-

Collaborated on research on kinetics of cooperative processes.

Thirring, Hans, 1888-1976

Advisor, University of Vienna.

Utracki, L. A., 1931-

Collaborated on research of hole fraction and viscous flow.


Boyer, Raymond F.,

Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955

Eirich, F. R. (Frederick Roland), 1905-

Guth, Eugene

Guth, Eugene

Montroll, E. W.

Collaborated on research of kinetic theory of chain degradation processes.


Major Positions

Case Western Reserve University

Faculty, Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering.

Howard University

Research faculty.

National Institute of Standards and Technology (U.S.)

Consultant and Coordinator of Polymer Research (then called the National Bureau of Standards).

New York University

Faculty, Chemical Engineering department.

Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn

Research Fellow.

University of Southern California. College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences

Professor of Chemistry.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

Awarded the Polymer Physics Prize (1981).

Society of Rheology (U.S.)

Recipient of the Bingham Medal (1973).

Universität Wien

Ph.D in Theoretical Physics (1935).


Archival Resources


Society of Rheology miscellaneous publications, "Biographical sketch of Robert Simha, Bingham Medalist." Box 6, Folder 17, Rheology Bulletin, Vol 42, No. 2, September 1973.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources


Macromulecules article, "Robert Simha on his 80th Birthday."

Physics Today Robert Simha obituary.

Polymer and Engineering Science, In Memory of Prof. Robert Simha (1912–2008).