King and Prausnitz Retiring in Chemical Engineering
UCOP King served as Provost and Senior Vice President for eight years.
He oversaw the academic planning and research and academic policies for
the UC system. Additionally, he led the initial academic planning for
the new Merced campus and the development of UC’s greatly expanded programs
of outreach to K-12 schools, teachers and pre-college students. He has
been an active leader of the college as well, serving as both Department
Chair and Dean.
King is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and he has received a number of major awards from professional societies for his research on separation processes and spray drying. He has also written a well-used text in that field, Separation Processes. King was profiled in the Fall 2002 issue of the NewsJournal.
is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy
of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is considered
the “father of molecular thermodynamics in chemical engineering” and has
published over 600 articles. He has received numerous honorary doctorates
for his work
The purpose of Prausnitz’s research is to obtain, interpret and correlate thermodynamic properties of a variety of mixtures as required for process and product design in the chemical and related industries, including biotechnology. Prausnitz was profiled in the Fall 2001 issue of the NewsJournal.