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Description : This is a list of notable chemical engineers, people who studied or practiced chemical engineering. The main list is those who achieved status in chemical engineering or a closely related field such as management or science. At the foot of the page is a list of people with chemical engineering qualifications who are notable for other reasons, such as actors, sportspeople and authors. These are people sufficiently notable to have an article in Wikipedia. Further articles on chemical engineers ... Page:l637

This is a list of notable chemical engineers, people who studied or practiced chemical engineering. The main list is those who achieved status in chemical engineering or a closely related field such as management or science. At the foot of the page is a list of people with chemical engineering qualifications who are notable for other reasons, such as actors, sportspeople and authors. These are people sufficiently notable to have an article in Wikipedia. Further articles on chemical engineers would be welcome. See the talk page for suggestions of people who should be added to the encyclopedia (and then to this list).

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NameKnown forAffiliation


Rakesh AgrawalNational Medal of Technology and Innovation for Air separation.Air Products and Chemicals,Inc. and now at Purdue University
Mohammed Al MadyExecutive president of SABIC.SABIC
Mukesh AmbaniChairman and Managing Director of Reliance IndustriesReliance Industries
Neal Amundson (1916-2011)Chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering at University of Minnesota from 1949-1977. Professor, Chemical Engineering and Mathematics 1978-2011, and Provost (1987-1989) at University of Houston.University of Minnesota and University of Houston
Leonid Andrussow (1896–1988)Developed process to make hydrogen cyanide from ammonia and methaneI. G. Farben (now BASF)
Rutherford Aris (1929-2005)Regents Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota (1958-2005). Pioneered the use of computers to solve optimization problems in kinetics and catalysis. Prolific publication record (see Rutherford Aris bibliography).University of Minnesota


Robin BatterhamFormer Chief Scientist of Australia(1999-2006)
Chief Scientist of Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Division of Mineral Engineering
Office of the Chief Scientist (Australia)
Jay Bailey (1944–2001)Pioneer in metabolic engineeringETH Zurich
Henry Bessemer (1813–1898)Invented Bessemer process for manufacturing steelIndependent inventor
Gordon Beveridge (1933-1999)Former President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University of BelfastQueen's University of Belfast
Samuel BodmanUnited States Secretary of Energy (2005–2009)US Government
Carl BoschFrom 1908 until 1913 developed the Haber-Bosch process together with Fritz Haber. His other notable work was for the introduction of high pressure chemistry. Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1931BASF and I. G. Farben
Jomar Brun
Jerzy BuzekFormer Prime Minister of Poland, current President of the European ParliamentEuropean Parliament


John G. Collier (1935–1995)Two-phase flow and nuclear power expert, head of UKAEA and CEGBUKAEA
John Coulson (1910–1990)Co-author of what became the standard UK textbook set; Coulson & Richardson's Chemical EngineeringNewcastle University, UK


Donald A. Dahlstrom (1920–2005)Inventor of the Hydrocyclone and related correlations, 1943. Elected to National Academy of Engineering in 1975 for, "Contributions to liquid-solids separation processes in mineral recovery and waste disposal"".University of Utah
Zara Salim DavidsonRaja Puan Besar of Perak. Heads petroleum and petrochemical consulting firm in Malaysia.
George E. Davis (1850–1907)Regarded as the 'founding father' of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of Manchester
Nguyet Anh Duongis a Vietnamese-American, she assisted in creating a new weapon called the Thermobaric weapon in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to assault tunnels and caves being used as hideouts by the Taliban in Afghanistan.United States Department of Defense
John Drosdick (1943–)Chairman and CEO of Sunoco, Inc.Sunoco



James R. Fair (1920 - 2010)Notable authority on process design, equipment design and separationsMonsanto Company, University of Texas
Richard FelderMultiple award-winning engineering educatorNorth Carolina State University
Ian FellsEnergy expert and popular science broadcasterNewcastle University, UK
Maria das Graças FosterCEO of Petrobras. First woman to head a major oil-and-gas companyPetrobras, Brazil
Arthur FryInventor of Post-it note3M, USA


Clifton C. GarvinChairman and CEOExxon
Eugenio Garza LagüeraChairman and CEOFEMSA
Karen Klincewicz GleasonNamesake of Klincewicz method to predict critical values of pure componentsMIT
Edwin R. Gilliland (1909–1963)Namesake of the Gilliland correlation used in designing distillation columnsMIT
Roberto GoizuetaFormer chairman and chief executive of Coca-ColaCoca-Cola
Bill GoreFounder of W.L. Gore and AssociatesW. L. Gore and Associates, DuPont
Robert W. GoreThe inventor of Gore-TexW. L. Gore and Associates
Andrew Groveformer Chairman and CEOIntel
Pierre Gydeveloped theory of sampling


Fritz Haber (1868–1934)Received Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1918 for the fixation of nitrogen from the air, the Haber process; also developed chemical warfare agents for the German government during World War I. Received the Rumford Medal in 1932 for, "... the outstanding importance of his work in physical chemistry, especially in the application of thermodynamics to chemical reactions".University of Karlsruhe (TH)
Vladimir Haensel (1914–2002)Inventor of the "Platforming" (Platinum Reforming) process, which led to the production of low cost high octane gasoline, and contributed to development of catalytic converters for automobiles.University of Massachusetts Amherst
Judith HackittChair of UK Health and Safety Executive and President of IChemE.Health and Safety Executive, IChemE
Douglas Patrick HarrisonCarried out research for DOE Vision 21 project as well research to remove CO2 from stack gas of coal-fired power generators and for production of pure Hydrogen from gasification of coal.Louisiana State University
Fred HassanCEO and Chairman of Schering-Plough Corporation; former chairman and CEO for the Pharmacia CorporationSchering-Plough
Beatrice HicksCo-founder and first president of the Society of Women EngineersSociety of Women Engineers
Csaba Horváth (1930–2004)Pioneer of modern separation scienceYale University
Benjamin HsiaoVice- President for Research and Chief Research Officer at Stony Brook University; also the current spokesperson of the Advanced Polymers PRT Beamline at the National Synchrotron Light Source located at Brookhaven National LaboratoryStony Brook University
DuPont Company
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Hu Tsu Tau RichardFormer Minister for Finance (Singapore) (1985–2001)


Sheldon E. IsakoffFormer director of DuPont and former president of American Institute of Chemical EngineersDuPont & AIChE
Dan ItseUS Politician and holder of four patents on low-emission technologyWorcester Polytechnic Institute


Lisa P. JacksonFormer Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2009-2013)Environmental Protection Agency
Joseph J. Jacobs (1916–2004)Founder of Jacobs Engineering GroupJacobs Engineering Group
Rakesh JainIntegrated bioengineering with tumor biology and imaging gene expression and functions in vivo for drug delivery in tumorsHarvard Medical School
Mae JemisonScience mission specialist on the Space Shuttle Endeavour and first black woman in spaceNASA


W. W. Keeler (1908 - 1987)President and CEO of Phillips Petroleum Company. Graduated in chemical engineering from University of KansasPhillips Petroleum Company
Trevor KletzAuthor of books dealing with chemical engineering safetyLoughborough University
Marius KloppersCEO of BHP BillitonBHP Billiton
Riki Kobayashi (1924-2013)Professor of Chemical Engineering; well known for his pioneering work in phase equilibrium, physical properties and transport properties which were highly important to the development of the natural gas processing industries.Rice University
Charles KochCEO of Koch IndustriesKoch Industries
David KochExecutive vice-president of Koch IndustriesKoch Industries
Fred C. Koch (1900–1967)Founder of Koch IndustriesKoch Industries


Robert LangerTissue Engineering and Controlled-Release Drug Delivery pioneerMIT
Nicolas LeblancInventor of the Leblanc process for making sodium carbonate from common salt
Frank Leesauthor and pioneer of Loss Prevention in the process industriesLoughborough University
Warren K. Lewis (1882–1975)American chemical engineering professor; played a role in defining the field of chemical engineering during its early development. Co-developer (with E. R. Gilliland) of Houdry process for petroleum refining. He is also known as the "Father of Modern Chemical Engineering"MIT
Bodo Linnhoff (b. 1948)Author of a 1977 thesis that formed the basis for pinch analysis, a methodology to optimize energy usage in processes.Linnhoff March Ltd.
Arthur Dehon Little (1863–1935)Consultant and co-founder, with William H. Walker, of Arthur D. Little, Inc., a major consulting firmArthur D. Little, Inc.
Andrew LiverisChairman and CEO of Dow Chemical Company.Dow Chemical Company
Yueh-Lin LooInventor of nanotransfer printing; professor of engineeringPrinceton University


Ramesh MashelkarLeading architect of India's science and technology policies and current President of Global Research Alliance. Former Director General of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research.CSIR India, Global Research Alliance
Sheri McCoyCurrent CEO of Avon Products.Avon Products
Victor MillsLeading the team that created the modern disposable diapers and the
Pampers brand|| Procter & Gamble
Lindelani MthimunyeFirst South African FET student to conduct a Organic chemistry thesis
Mario MolinaCo-recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his role in elucidating the threat of chlorofluorocarbon gases to the Earth's ozone layer


Dudley Maurice Newitt (1894–1980)Scientific director of Special Operations Executive developing gadgets for spies during World War II – a real life Q (James Bond). Received Rumford Medal, in 1962 for "... his distinguished contributions to chemical engineering."Professor at Imperial College
Giulio NattaReceived Nobel Prize in 1963 for his works on high polymersProfessor at Politecnico di Milano


Lars OnsagerNobel Prize in Chemistry, 1968Yale University
Adam Osborne (1939–2003)Introduced the first ever portable computer in 1981, the same year IBM launched the personal computerOsborne Computer Corporation
Donald Othmer (1904–1995)Co-creator of the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical TechnologyPolytechnic University of New York
David J. O'ReillyChairman and CEO of Chevron CorporationChevron Corporation


Linus PaulingNobel Prize in Chemistry, 1954, Nobel Peace Prize, 1962California Institute of Technology, Oregon State University
Robert H. PerryAuthor of Handbook in 1934, now Perry's Chemical Engineers' HandbookUniversity of Oklahoma
Martin Lewis PerlWinner of the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the tau leptonStanford Linear Accelerator Center
Nicholas A. PeppasPioneer in drug delivery, biomaterials, hydrogels and nanobiotechnologyUniversity of Texas at Austin


K. B. Quinan (1878–1948)Explosive manufacturing expert in World War I and first vice-president of the Institution of Chemical EngineersDe Beers


Lee RaymondExxonMobil chairman and Chief Executive OfficerExxonMobil
Dan ReneauPresident of Louisiana Tech UniversityLouisiana Tech University
George Maxwell RichardsPresident of Trinidad and Tobago. Previously worked for Shell Trinidad Oil Co. and taught chemical engineering at University of West Indies
Jack RichardsonCo-wrote the textbook which became UK standard Coulson & Richardson's Chemical EngineeringSwansea University
Norbert RillieuxInventor who is most noted for developing the process that turned sugar from a luxury to a common commodity
Margaret Hutchinson Rousseau (1911–2000)designed the first commercial penicillin production plant


Albert SaccoUS astronautWorcester Polytechnic Institute
Robert SatcherUS astronautNASA
Lanny SchmidtSurface science and detailed chemistryUniversity of Minnesota
Man Mohan SharmaEminent Indian chemical engineering scientist and first Indian engineer to be elected as a Fellow of Royal Society, UKFormer director of Institute of Chemical Technology
Waldo L. SemonInventor who patented more than 116 inventions, including polyvinyl chloride (PVC)B.F. Goodrich
L. Douglas SmootResearch on aerospace and rocket fuel propulsionBrigham Young University, California Institute of Technology, Lockheed Propulsion Company, Scientific Research Society of America


Edward TellerHungarian-born American theoretical physicist and "father of the hydrogen bomb"University of Göttingen

Bohr Institute University College London George Washington University Manhattan Project University of Chicago UC Davis UC Berkeley Lawrence Livermore Hoover Institution

Gautam ThaparCEO of Indian conglomerate Avantha GroupAvantha Group


Lewis UrryInvention of long-lasting alkaline batteriesEveready Battery Co



Bill WakehamVice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton (2001-2009) and President of IChemEUniversity of Southampton
William Hultz Walker (1869–1934)Pioneer in teaching chemical engineering. Co-authored, with W. K. Lewis and W. H. McAdams, the first American textbook of chemical engineering, Principles of Chemical Engineering, published in 1924.MIT
Jack WelchFormer chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GEGeneral Electric
Nathaniel C. Wyethinventor of PET plastic bottlesDuPont



Andrew YakubaFormer Group Managing Director and Chief Executive OfficeNigerian National Petroleum Corporation


Chemical engineers who became notable for other activities

  • Najma Akhtar, English actress and singer, earned a Masters in chemical engineering from Aston University.
  • |Ramani Ayer, CEO of The Hartford, earned a Masters and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Drexel University.
  • Jacques Bergier, French writer, graduated in chemical engineering from ENSCP and worked on early nuclear engineering
  • Garry Betty, contributor to the design of the original personal computer, earned a chemical engineering degree at Georgia Tech.
  • Harsha Bhogle,famous Indian international cricket commentator, chemical engineering degree from Osmania University.
  • Frank Capra, movie director, earned a chemical engineering degree at Caltech.
  • Ray Davis (general), US General and recipient of the U.S. Medal of Honor, graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from Georgia School of Technology.
  • Thierry Dusautoir, captain of the French National Rugby Union team, studied chemical engineering at the École Nationale Supérieure in Bordeaux.
  • Vilma Espin, Cuban revolutionary and former wife of Raul Castro, studied chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Gallagher, stand up comedian, earned a chemical engineering degree at the University of South Florida.
  • Kevin Greening, science presenter on Radio Five Live (UK), studied chemical engineering at St Catharine's College, Cambridge.
  • Pat Kenney, broadcaster, earned a chemical engineering degree from University College Dublin.
  • Bill Koch, businessman and skipper of 1992 America's Cup winning yacht.
  • Ashok Kumar, Indian-born British Labour politician, BSc, MSc, PhD in chemical engineering at Aston University
  • Dolph Lundgren, actor and karateka, earned an undergraduate chemical engineering degree from the Royal Institute of Technology and a master's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney.
  • Khalid Masud, Muslim scholar from Pakistan, obtained a master's degree in chemistry from the University of the Punjab and a chemical engineering diploma from King's College, Cambridge.
  • John von Neumann, mathematician and physicist, studied chemical engineering at ETH-Zurich.
  • Nitin Nohria, Dean of Harvard Business School, gained BTech in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  • Seyi Olofinjana, Nigerian international footballer, earned degree in chemical engineering from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology.
  • Michael Ruffin, American professional basketball player, earned degree in chemical engineering from University of Tulsa.
  • Laura Shields, English-Sri Lankan model and actress, earned master's degree in chemical engineering from University of Leeds.
  • E. E. Smith, science fiction author of the Lensman and Skylark series fame. Earned PhD in chemical engineering from George Washington University.
  • Xi Jinping, current CPC General Secretary and President of China, studied chemical engineering at Tsinghua University.
  • Benjamin Lee Whorf, American linguist, earned degree in chemical engineering from MIT.

Chemical engineers in fiction

  • In the Charlie Chan film, "The Shanghai Cobra" (1945), "H.R. Jarvis, Chemical Engineer" is stenciled on the laboratory door rented by the eponymous villain who had been using that alias while he schemed to steal radium from a nearby bank vault.
  • In the CBS radio thriller,"The House in Cypress Canyon" which aired live on December 5, 1945 on "Suspense Radio," the character "James A. Woods, Chemical Engineer" was the perpetrator of a murder-suicide and the narrator/protagonist of the supernatural yarn found in a shoebox, the basis of the story.
  • In Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 1958 TV episode "The Motive", character Tom Greer kills a man he finds in the phone book, who happens to be a Chemical Engineer.
  • Captain Virgil "The Cooler King" Hilts, as portrayed by Steve McQueen in the 1963 film The Great Escape.
  • Graeme Miller by Ewen Bremner in the 2004 film AVP: Alien vs. Predator
  • Stanley Goodspeed played by Nicolas Cage in The Rock (film)
  • Gunner Jensen by Dolph Lundgren in the 2012 film The Expendables 2
  • Comic Book Guy in The Simpsons has a degree in chemical engineering

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