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Institutional History

AbstractPast PresidentsImportant DatesPlacesSubjects

Relationships

PeopleInstitutions

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Society of Rheology (U.S.)

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Dates

December 19, 1929 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Society of Rheology (U.S.)

Additional Forms of Names

Rheology Society of America

Society of Rheology

SOR

Institutional History

Abstract

A professional society of chemists, physicists, biologists, and others that seeks the advancement of rheology, the theory and precise measurement of the deformation and flow of matter and its applications, through meetings and publications. The Society was organized in 1929 and is a founding Member Society of the American Institute of Physics.

Past Presidents

1929-33, W. P. Davey.

1934-35, S. E. Sheppard.

1936-39, M. Mooney.

1940-41, A. S. Hunter.

1942-45, H. Mark.

1946-49, W. F. Fair, Jr.

1950-51, R. N. Traxler.

1952-53, R. S. Spencer.

1954-55, W. H. Markwood, Jr.

1956-57, F. D. Dexter.

1958-59, J. H. Dillon.

1960-61, J. H. Elliott.

1962-63, John D. Ferry.

1964-65, J. T. Bergen.

1966-67, R. S. Marvin.

1968-69, T. L. Smith.

1970-71, H. Markovitz.

1972-73, F. R. Eirich.

1974-75, R. S. Rivlin.

1976-77, J. R. Knox.

1978-79, Irvin M. Krieger.

1980-81, Edward B. Bagley.

1982-83, Alan N. Gent.

1984-85, William R. Schowalter.

1986-87, Robert F. Landel.

1988-89, John M. Dealy.

1990-91, Robert A. Mendelson.

1992-93, Joe D. Goddard.

1994-95, Robert C. Armstrong.

1996-97, Kurt F. Wissbrun.

1998-99, Ronald G. Larson.

2000-01, Gerald G. Fuller.

2001-03, William B. Russel.

2003-05, Susan J. Muller.

2005-07, Andrew M. Kraynik.

2007-09, Robert K. Prud'homme.

2009-11, Faith A. Morrison.

2011-13, A. Jeffrey Giacomin.

2013-present, Greg McKenna.

Important Dates

April 29, 1929Preliminary meeting called to coincide with the meeting of the American Chemical Society to formally organize the Society of Rheology, Columbus (Ohio).

October 1929"Journal of Rheology" first published.

December 19, 1929Society of Rheology was formed and first meeting was held at the National Bureau of Standards, Washington (D.C.).

1931Became a founding member of the American Institute of Physics (AIP) when it was formed by the Optical Society of America (OSA), the American Physical Society (APS), the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), the Society of Rheology (SoR), and the American Association for Physics Teachers (AAPT).

1933"Journal of Rheology" and the American Physical Society (APS)'s "Physics" joined and later changed name to "Applied Physics.".

1948Bingham Medal established to a member of The Society who has made an outstanding contribution to the science of rheology.

1957"Journal of Rheology" was again published separately first under the name "Transactions of The Society of Rheology.".

1985Distinguished Serve Award established to recognize exceptional service to The Society and is awarded at the discretion of the Executive Committee.

1994Journal of Rheology Publicaton Award established give for the best paper published in "Journal of Rheology" during the preceding two years for special recognition.

2001Best Student Poster Award established to a student selected by a panel of judges at the Poster Session of the Annual Meeting.

2009Best Postdoctoral Fellow Poster Award established to encourage post-doctoral presentations and participation in the meeting and to recognize excellence.

2009Arthur B. Metzner Early Career Award established for a member of The Society who is younger than 35 and has distinguished themselves in rheological research, rheological practice, or service to rheology.

Places

Formation

Columbus (Ohio)

Meeting

Washington (D.C.)

Subjects

Physics -- Publishing.

Physics -- Societies, etc.

Rheology -- Societies, etc.

Rheology.

Relationships

People

Employees & Officers

Armstrong, Robert C. (Robert Calvin), 1948-

President.

Bagley, Edward B.

Vice President; President; and recipient of 1982 Bingham Medal.

Bergen, J. T. (James Tallmadge), 1916-

President.

Davey, Wheeler P. (Wheeler Pedlar), 1886-

President.

Dealy, John M.

President.

Dexter, F. D. (Franklin Dunbar)

President.

Dillon, John Henry, 1905-

President.

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

President and 1983 Bingham Medal recipient.

Elliott, J. H. (Jack Hall)

President.

Eyring, Henry, 1901-1981

Vice President and 1949 Bingham Medal recipient.

Fair, W. F. (William Francis), Jr.,

President.

Ferry, John D., 1912-2002

President; recipient of the 1952 Bingham Medal; and honorary President, 5th International Congress on Rheology.

Fuller, Gerald G.

President.

Gent, Alan N.

Vice-President; President; and awarded the Bingham Medal (1975).

Giacomin, A. Jeffrey (Alan Jeffrey), 1959-

President.

Goddard, Joe D.

President.

Hunter, A. Stuart (Archibald Stuart)

President.

Knox, J. R.

President.

Kraynik, Andrew M.

President.

Krieger, Irvin M.

President.

Landel, Robert F.

President.

Larson, Ronald G.

President.

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

President.

Markovitz, Hershel, 1921-2006

President.

Markwood, W. H. (William Henry), Jr.

President; recipient of the 1967 Bingham Medal; and editor of journal, Transactions of the Society of Rheology.

Marvin, R. S.

President.

Mendelson, Robert Alexander

President.

Mooney, Melvin

President and 1948 Bingham Medal recipient.

Morrison, Faith A.

President.

Muller, Susan J.

President.

Prud'homme, Robert K., 1948-

President.

Rivlin, R. S. (Ronald Samuel), 1915-2005

Vice President and President. Awarded of the 1958 Bingham Medal.

Russel, William B.

President.

Schowalter, William Raymond, 1929-

President, and awarded the Bingham Medal (1988).

Sheppard, S. E. (Samuel Edward)

President.

Smith, Thor L.

Vice President; President; and recipient of 1978 Bingham Medal.

Spencer, R. S. (Robert Shirley)

President.

Traxler, Ralph N.

President.

Wissbrun, Kurt F.

President.

Associates & Members

Acrivos, A.

Alfrey, Turner, 1918-1981

Recipient of the 1954 Bingham Medal.

Barton, Henry Askew, 1898-1983

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

Recipient of the 1974 Bingham Medal.

Brenner, Howard

1980 Bingham Medal recipient.

Bridgman, P. W. (Percy Williams), 1882-1961

1951 Bingham Medal recipient.

Burgers, J. M. (Johannes Martinus), 1895-1981

1964 Bingham Medal recipient.

Coleman, Bernard D. (Bernard David), 1930-

Recipient of 1984 Bingham Medal.

Curtiss, Charles F. (Charles Francis)

Recipient of the 1987 Bingham Medal.

Denn, Morton M., 1939-

Awarded the Bingham Medal (1986) and the Distinguished Service Award (2005); and editor, Journal of Rheology.

Ford, Kenneth William, 1926-

Graessley, W. W. (William Walter)

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

Guth, Eugene

Recipient of 1965 Bingham Medal.

Huggins, Maurice Loyal, 1897-

Hutchisson, Elmer, 1902-

Koch, Herman William, 1920-

Leaderman, Herbert,

Recipient of 1955 Bingham Medal.

Lodge, Arthur S.

Recipient of 1971 Bingham Medal.

Mason, S. G. (Stanley George), 1914-1987

Recipient of the 1969 Bingham Medal.

Metzner, A. B.

Recipient of the Bingham Medal (1977); and the Distinguished Service Award (1997).

Nielsen, Lawrence E., 1917-1992

Recipient of 1976 Bingham Medal.

Orowan, E. (Egon), 1902-1989

Recipient of 1959 Bingham Medal.

Peterlin, A. (Anton)

Recipient of 1970 Bingham Medal.

Porter, Roger S. (Roger Stephen), 1928-1998

Recipient of 1985 Bingham Medal.

Simha, Robert, 1912-2008

Recipient of 1973 Bingham Medal.

Slack, L. (Lewis), 1924-

Stein, Richard S.

Recipient of 1972 Bingham Medal.

Tate, John T. (John Torrence), 1889-1950

Tobolsky, Arthur Victor

Recipient of the 1956 Bingham Medal.

Truesdell, C. (Clifford), 1919-2000

Recipient of 1963 Bingham Medal.

White, James Lindsay, 1938-

Recipient of 1981 Bingham Medal.

Willets, William Rudolph

Recipient of 1961 Bingham Medal; and Secretary-Treasurer.

Zener, Clarence, 1905-

Recipient of 1957 Bingham Medal.

Zimm, Bruno Hasbrouck, 1920-2005

Recipient of 1960 Bingham Medal.

Institutions

Collaborators

American Institute of Physics

Founding Member Society.

American Physical Society

Joined "Journal of Rheology" and "Physics" to create "Applied Physics."

Associates

Acoustical Society of America

American Association of Physics Teachers

American Chemical Society

Optical Society of America

United States. National Bureau of Standards

Location of Society of Rheology's first meeting.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Society of Rheology Bingham Award records, 1991-1997.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Society of Rheology miscellaneous publications, 1958-2010.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Society of Rheology records, 1924-1997.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

The history of the Society of Rheology from 1924-1944, January 1944 (executed by directive from the Society).

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Subject

AIP Office of the Director records of Elmer Hutchisson, 1948-1966 (bulk 1957-1964).

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

AIP Office of the Director records of H. William Koch and Kenneth W. Ford, 1966-1992.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

AIP Office of the Director records of Henry A. Barton, 1931-1964.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

AIP Office of the Secretary addition to records, 1931-2007.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

AIP Office of the Secretary records, 1931-1994.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

AIP Physics Programs Division records of Lewis Slack, 1968-1988.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

International Committee on Rheology records, 1970-2016.

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

Oral history interview with John Henry Dillon, 1979 March 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Maurice Loyal Huggins, 1976 January 11.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

Journal of Rheology

Rheology bulletin

The XVth International Congress on Rheology : the Society of Rheology 80th annual meeting, Monterey, California, 3-8 August 2008 / editors, Albert Co … [et al.]

Transactions of the Society of Rheology