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Eugene Guth


August 21, 1905 – July 5, 1990

Authorized Form of Name

Guth, Eugene



Eugene Guth was awarded the Bingham Medal of the Society of Rheology in 1965. His institutional affiliations include University of Vienna, University of Notre Dame, the Office of Naval Research, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Important Dates

August 21, 1905Birth, Budapest (Hungary).

1928PhD in Physics, University of Vienna, Vienna (Austria).

1928 – 1931Post-doc research associate, Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich), Zurich (Switzerland).

1932 – 1937Professor of physics, University of Vienna, Vienna (Austria).

1937 – 1955Faculty (1937-1941); Professor (1941-1945); Research professor (1945-1955); Director of Polymer Physics Laboratory (1941-1955), University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame (Ind.).

1943 – 1944Director, Rubber Research Project, Office of Naval Research.

1956 – 1971Technical adviser, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge (Tenn.).

1965Awarded the Bingham Medal, Society of Rheology.

1968 – 1990Part-time Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Knoxville (Tenn.).

1971 – 1972Visiting Professor, Rice University, Houston (Tex.).

1978Awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Vienna.

1983Honorary member, Sigma Pi Sigma.

July 5, 1990Death.


Polymer physicist.



Budapest (Hungary)

Graduate Education

Vienna (Austria)


Vienna (Austria)

Notre Dame (Ind.)

Oak Ridge (Tenn.)

Knoxville (Tenn.)


Polymer chemistry.

Polymer rheology.




Advisors & Collaborators

Heisenberg, Werner, 1901-1976

Advisor, University of Leipzig.

James, Hubert Maxwell, 1908-

Co-developed first quantitative network theory of rubber elasticity.

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

Co-developed model for the statistical mechanics of coiled polymers that became a cornerstone of kinetic theory of rubber elasticity.

Mullin, Charles J.,

Advised by Guth, Notre Dame.

Pauli, Wolfgang, 1900-1958

Advisor, Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

Thirring, Hans, 1888-1976

Advisor, University of Vienna.

Wiedenbeck, M. L. (Marcellus Lee)

Advised by Guth, Notre Dame.


Overberger, C. G. (Charles Gilbert), 1920-

Simha, Robert, 1912-2008


Major Positions

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich

Post-doc research associate.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Technical advisor.

United States. Office of Naval Research

Director, Rubber research project.

Universität Wien

Ph.D in Physics (1928); Research Associate; Professor of Physics; and awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award (1978).

University of Notre Dame

Faculty; Professor; Research Professor; and Direcotr, Polymer Physics Laboratory.

University of Tennessee (Knoxville campus)

Professor of Physics and Atronomy.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Rice University

Visiting Professor.

Sigma Pi Sigma

Honorary member.

Society of Rheology (U.S.)

Recipient of 1965 Bingham Medal.


Archival Resources


C. G. Overberger letter to Dr. Eugene Guth, 1967.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Herman Francis Mark, 1979 March 19.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources


Dr. Eugene Guth, Theoretical and Experimental Physicist, personal biographical site.

Physics Today 44, 6, 133 (1991), obituary for Eugene Guth.

Physics Tree Eugene Guth professional relations list.