Guide to the George Thodos (1915-2000) Papers

Collection Title: George Thodos (1915-2000) Papers
Dates: 1939-1997
Identification: 22/4/16
Creator: Thodos, George, 1915-2000
Extent: 19 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: Thodos taught at Northwestern from 1947 until his retirement in 1986. His research specialties included heat and mass transfer, thermodynamic and transport properties, and solar energy. The George Thodos Papers span 1939-1997 and document Thodos' life as a teacher and researcher. The papers consist mainly of research materials, teaching files, professional correspondence, and article manuscripts. The collection is divided into six categories: Biographical, Correspondence, Teaching, Research, Article Manuscripts, Research, and Off Prints.
Acquisition Information: The George Thodos Papers comprise three accessions. The bulk of the records were transferred to the University Archives by S. Burge of the Chemical Engineering Department as Accession Number 93-150 in September 1993. Additional materials were transferred to the University Archives by Lena Thodos as Accession Numbers 03-215 and 04-73 on November 21, 2003, and May 26, 2004, respectively.
Processing Information: Carole Emberton, July-August 2005.
Separated Materials: About one half of a cubic foot of duplicate and extraneous material was discarded.
Conditions Governing Access: Access to student recommendations, tests, and quizzes is restricted. Obtain permission from the Archivist.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Born in Chicago on September 15, 1915, George Thodos (1915-2000) was the son of Greek immigrants and a professor of Chemical Engineering at Northwestern for thirty-nine years. Thodos was prolific in terms of both writing and research, publishing more than 275 technical papers and being awarded 7 patents. Thodos taught at Northwestern from 19447 until his retirement in 1986. His research specialties included heat and mass transfer, thermodynamic and transport properties, and solar energy.

Thodos received his undergraduate and master's degrees in Chemical Engineering from Chicago's Armour Institute of Technology (later renamed the Illinois Institute of Technology) in 1938 and 1939, respectively. After a year working for the Phillips Petroleum Company as a researcher in Oklahoma, Thodos entered the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received his Ph.D. in 1943. During World War II, Thodos worked for the War Production Board to improve the production of synthetic rubber. After the war, Thodos conducted research for Phillips Petroleum Company and Pure Oil Company, where he developed processes for the purification of petroleum. His work resulted in the awarding of seven patents.

Thodos joined the faculty in the Technological Institute (later renamed the Robert P. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science) in 1947, where he served as chair of the department from 1960-64. An outstanding teacher and researcher, Thodos was awarded the prestigious Walter P. Murphy Distinguished Professorship in 1963. During his extensive career, he published over 275 technical papers. His research specialties included heat and mass transfer, thermodynamic and transport properties, and solar energy. Thodos retired from Northwestern in 1986 and relocated to Washington, D.C., where he died on February 29, 2000.

Scope and Content

The George Thodos Papers span 1939-1997 and document Thodos' life as a teacher and researcher. The papers consist mainly of research materials, teaching files, professional correspondence, and article manuscripts. The collection is divided into six categories: Biographical, Correspondence, Teaching, Research, Article Manuscripts, Research, and Off Prints.

The Biographical materials relate primarily to Thodos' career from 1949-2000. Included are several copies of his professional curriculum vitae at various points in his career and copies and notices of awards he received, including a Distinguished Service Citation for 1970 from the University of Wisconsin College of Engineers and the Argonne Universities Association Distinguished Appointment Award for 1975 from Argonne Laboratories. There is also a 1951 clipping entitled “Meet the Faculty” from the Northwestern Engineer that introduces the new professor to the Northwestern community. A list of patents, an Illinois state engineering certificate dated 1949, and a jury duty certificate dated 1989 are also included. A glowing letter dated 1975 from a former graduate student highlights Thodos' skill and impact as an instructor. Unfortunately, very little material aside from his obituary, dated March 3, 2000, from the Chicago Tribune, relates to Thodos' personal life.

A Bibliography file contains two undated partial publications lists.

Clippings date from 1953-1988 and include some undated press materials relating to Thodos. They include press releases pertaining to Thodos' research and teaching awards. Also included are newspaper announcements of the professor's speaking engagements and a 1975 Northwestern University conference on solar energy, which featured Thodos.

Five Graduate School Notebooks document Thodos' graduate training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and contain his notes on such subjects as “Heat Transmission,” “Fractional Distillation,” and higher mathematics.

Correspondence materials are divided between professional and personal. Professional correspondence contains letters and cards dating 1957-1987 as well as some undated materials relating to Thodos' research activities and his participation in various professional conferences and organizations. Personal correspondence ranges from 1945-1995, including undated materials, and includes letters, greeting cards, and postcards Thodos received from friends and family members over the years.

Teaching files relate to Thodos' teaching activities and include the syllabi, lecture notes, quizzes, and exams from courses he taught in the Chemical Engineering Department. They are arranged numerically by course number. Also included are files containing student lab work, mostly undated student papers and exams, student recommendations, and various unidentified course material.

Research materials span the years 1943-80 document Thodos' work both as a private researcher and as an academic scholar. Included are files relating to his work for Phillips Petroleum Company, the United States Government on submarine habitability during the Cold War Era, the and Argonne National Laboratories. There are also documents pertaining to Thodos' various patents, grant proposals to the National Science Foundation, and an invention disclosure for CPC collector surfaces from the mid-1970s.

The drafts, notes, and some correspondence relating to Thodos' publications are contained within Article Manuscripts files. To make using these files easier to identify, they are arranged alphabetically by the surname of Thodos' co-author for each article. Most of the co-authors were Thodos' graduate assistants. Articles authored solely by Thodos are filed under his surname alone.

Off Prints are organized chronologically and contain the off prints of articles Thodos received from the various publishers of those pieces.

Arrangement of Materials

The collection is divided into six categories: Biographical, Correspondence, Teaching, Research, Article Manuscripts, Research, and Off Prints.

Subjects

Personal Name

Thodos, George, 1915-2000

Subjects

Chemical engineering--Study and teaching (Higher)--Illinois--Evanston

Chemical engineers--Illinois--Evanston

College teachers--Illinois--Evanston

Engineering teachers--Illinois--Evanston


Container List / Contents

  • Biographical
    • Biographical Materials, 1949-2000Box 1, Folder 1
    • Bibliography, n.d.Box 1, Folder 2
    • Clippings, 1953-88, n.d.Box 1, Folder 3
      • Graduate Notebook “Heat Transmission”, 1941-42Box 1, Folder 3
      • Graduate Notebook “Higher Mathematics”, 1941-42Box 1, Folder 3
      • Graduate Notebook “Fractional Distillation”, 1942Box 1, Folder 3
      • Graduate Notebook “Mathematics of Statistics”, 1942Box 1, Folder 3
      • Graduate Notebook “Fourier Series”, 1942-43Box 1, Folder 3
  • Correspondence
    • Professional Correspondence, 1957-87, n.d.Box 2, Folder 1
    • Personal Correspondence, 1945-95, n.d.Box 2, Folder 2
  • Teaching
    • Chemical Engineering 202, c.1948Box 2, Folder 3
    • Chemical Engineering 421 Unit Operations, c.1955Box 2, Folder 4
    • 710-A90, c.1977Box 2, Folder 5
    • 710-B01 Thermodynamics, c.1974-75Box 2, Folder 6
    • 710-B01 Thermodynamics, c.1984-85Box 2, Folder 7
    • 710-B01 Thermodynamics, c.1985Box 3, Folder 1
    • 710-B02 Applied Thermodynamics, c.1960Box 3, Folder 2
    • 710-B10 Analysis of Chemical Process Systems, c.1985Box 3, Folder 3
    • 710-B25 Transport Phenomena, c.1963Box 3, Folder 4
    • 710-C07 Reaction Kinetics, c.1961Box 3, Folder 5
    • 710-C22 Heat Transfer, c.1977-80Box 3, Folder 6
    • 710-C22 Heat Transfer, c.1977-80Box 3, Folder 7
    • 710-C22 Heat Transfer, c.1975-85Box 3, Folder 8
    • 710-C23 Unit Operations, c.1955Box 4, Folder 1
    • 710-C41 Measurements and Control, c.1960Box 4, Folder 2
    • 710-C42 Chemical Engineering Laboratory, c.1986Box 4, Folder 3
    • 710-C65 Solar Energy Principles and Applications, c.1978-84Box 4, Folder 4
    • 710-C95 Solar Energy Principles, c.1976Box 4, Folder 5
    • 710-D08 Reaction Kinetics, c.1949-60Box 4, Folder 6
    • 710-D16 Mathematical Anal of Chemical Eng. Prob., c.1960Box 4, Folder 7
    • 710-D24 Transport Phenomena, c.1960Box 5, Folder 1
    • 710-D25 Transport Phenomena, c.1963Box 5, Folder 2
    • 710-D29 Heat Transfer, c.1953-79Box 5, Folder 3
    • 710-D76 Petroleum Reservoir Engineering, c.1956Box 5, Folder 4
    • 720-B41 Fluid Mechanics, c. 1974-85Box 5, Folder 5
    • 720-B41 Fluid Mechanics, c. 1965-72Box 5, Folder 6
    • 720-B41 Fluid Mechanics, c. 1973-85Box 6, Folder 1
    • 720-B41 Fluid Mechanics, c.1974-83Box 6, Folder 2
    • 720-B41 Fluid Mechanics, c.1965-72Box 6, Folder 3
    • 720-B41 Fluid Mechanics, c.1972-78Box 6, Folder 4
    • Student Lab Work, c.1965-76Box 7, Folder 1
    • Student Papers, 1959-80, n.d.Box 7, Folder 2
    • Student Tests & Quizzes, 1947-85, n.d.Box 7, Folder 3
    • Student Tests & Quizzes, n.d.Box 7, Folder 4
    • Recommendations, 1986-97, n.d.Box 7, Folder 5
    • Unidentified Course Materials, Problem Sets & Exams, n.d.Box 8, Folder 1
    • Course Materials Fluid Dynamics-Heat Transfer, c.1959-60Box 8, Folder 2
    • Amoco Course, 1980Box 8, Folder 3
    • “Seven Decades of Chem. Engineering” Lecture, 1984Box 8, Folder 4
  • Research
    • Patents, 1943-56Box 8, Folder 5
    • Phillips Petroleum Company, 1945Box 8, Folder 6
    • Faculty Research Questionnaire, 1951-2Box 8, Folder 7
    • Submarine Habitability Project, 1952Box 8, Folder 8
    • American Institute of Chemical Engineering, 1961-69Box 9, Folder 1
    • Whirlpool Project, 1963-64Box 9, Folder 2
    • Grant Proposal – National Science Foundation, 1966-79, n.d.Box 9, Folder 3
    • Chicago Bridge and Iron Company, 1970Box 9, Folder 4
    • Invention Disclosure, 1975-76Box 9, Folder 5
    • Argonne National Laboratory, 1975-76Box 9, Folder 6
    • Richard Wilsak Fluids Project, 1980Box 9, Folder 7
    • Principles of Reservoir Engineering, 1955Box 9, Folder 8
    • Solar Energy, 1976-82, n.d.Box 9, Folder 9
    • Illinois Coal Research Board, 1982Box 10, Folder 1
    • Misc. Notes, n.d.Box 10, Folder 2
  • Article Manuscripts
    • Co-author: Barile, 1963-65Box 10, Folder 3
    • Co-author: Bhattacharya, 1959-65, n.d.Box 10, Folder 4
    • Co-author: Bond, 1954-55, n.d.Box 10, Folder 5
    • Co-author: Bradford, 1965-67Box 10, Folder 6
    • Co-author: Brebach, 1957-58, n.d.Box 10, Folder 7
    • Co-author: Byrne, 1958-59Box 10, Folder 8
    • Co-author: Campbell, 1983-87, n.d.Box 10, Folder 9
    • Co-author: Chang, 1983-85, n.d.Box 11, Folder 1
    • Co-author: Costolnick, 1958-62, n.d.Box 11, Folder 2
    • Co-author: Cota, 1960-62Box 11, Folder 3
    • Co-author: Damasius, 1962-63, n.d.Box 11, Folder 4
    • Co-author: Damrigin, 1984Box 11, Folder 5
    • Co-author: Dastur, 1961-66, n.d.Box 11, Folder 6
    • Co-author: Davidson, 1963, n.d.Box 11, Folder 7
    • Co-author: De Acetis, 1960, n.d.Box 11, Folder 8
    • Co-author: De Palma, 1964-65Box 11, Folder 9
    • Co-author: Denzel, 1964Box 11, Folder 10
    • Co-author: De Witt, 1962-66, n.d.Box 11, Folder 11
    • Co-author: Digrani, 1975-76, n.d.Box 11, Folder 12
    • Co-author: Edejer, 1966-67, n.d.Box 11, Folder 13
    • Co-author: Ekiner, 1962-66, n.d.Box 12, Folder 1
    • Co-author: Elzinga, 1965-66Box 12, Folder 2
    • Co-author: Evnochides, 1959-62Box 12, Folder 3
    • Co-author: Flynn, 1960-61, n.d.Box 12, Folder 4
    • Co-author: Forman, 1957-63, n.d.Box 12, Folder 5
    • Co-author: Gangoli, 1976-78, n.d.Box 12, Folder 6
    • Co-author: Gates, 1958-60, n.d.Box 12, Folder 7
    • Co-author: Glaser, 1954-57, n.d.Box 12, Folder 8
    • Co-author: Gomez-Nieto, 1971-78Box 12, Folder 9
    • Co-author: Grieves, 1959-64, n.d.Box 13, Folder 1
    • Co-author: Groenier, 1959-60, n.d.Box 13, Folder 2
    • Co-author: Haefner, 1986Box 13, Folder 3
    • Co-author: Hamrin, 1958-66, n.d.Box 13, Folder 4
    • Co-author: Heiti, 1980-86, n.d.Box 13, Folder 5
    • Co-author: Herliby, 1961-62, n.d.Box 13, Folder 6
    • Co-author: Hobson, 1952Box 13, Folder 7
    • Co-author: Isaacs, 1966-67, n.d.Box 13, Folder 8
    • Co-author: Iwasyk, 1957-58, n.d.Box 13, Folder 9
    • Co-author: Kaufman, 1950-51, n.d.Box 14, Folder 1
    • Co-author: Kennedy, 1958-60, n.d.Box 14, Folder 2
    • Co-author: Kim, 1984-85, n.d.Box 14, Folder 3
    • Co-author: Lee, 1977-83, n.d.Box 14, Folder 4
    • Co-author: Lennert, 1958-65, n.d.Box 14, Folder 5
    • Co-author: McConnachie, 1961-62, n.d.Box 14, Folder 6
    • Co-author: Malling, 1966, n.d.Box 14, Folder 7
    • Co-author: Mathur, 1962-65, n.d.Box 14, Folder 8
    • Co-author: Matschke, 1960-62, n.d.Box 14, Folder 9
    • Co-author: Mehra, 1960-63Box 14, Folder 10
    • Co-author: Mehra, 1963-66, n.d.Box 14, Folder 11
    • Co-author: Meyer, 1961-62, n.d.Box 14, Folder 12
    • Co-author: Michael, 1952-54, n.d.Box 14, Folder 13
    • Co-author: Misic, 1960-66, n.d.Box 15, Folder 1
    • Co-author: Mitra, 1982-83Box 15, Folder 2
    • Co-author: Mittelhauser, 1963-65, n.d.Box 15, Folder 3
    • Co-author: Oshen, 1965-67, n.d.Box 15, Folder 4
    • Co-author: Owens, 1956-60, n.d.Box 15, Folder 5
    • Co-author: Perona, 1954-57, n.d.Box 15, Folder 6
    • Co-author: Petrovic, 1964-67, n.d.Box 15, Folder 7
    • Co-author: Phillips, 1959-62, n.d.Box 15, Folder 8
    • Co-author: Pisek, 1960-61, n.d.Box 15, Folder 9
    • Co-author: Pons, 1982, n.d.Box 15, Folder 10
    • Co-author: Raines, 1961, n.d.Box 15, Folder 11
    • Co-author: Reynes, 1961-64Box 15, Folder 12
    • Co-author: Ricetti, 1959-61, n.d.Box 15, Folder 13
    • Co-author: Rigas, 1957-59, n.d.Box 15, Folder 14
    • Co-author: Rorris, 1979Box 16, Folder 1
    • Co-author: Rosenbaum, 1965-66, n.d.Box 16, Folder 2
    • Co-author: Sen Gupta, 1961-65, n.d.Box 16, Folder 3
    • Co-author: Schaefer, 1957-58, n.d.Box 16, Folder 4
    • Co-author: Shah, 1964-66Box 16, Folder 5
    • Co-author: Shimotake, 1957-62, n.d.Box 16, Folder 6
    • Co-author: Silverman, 1961-62, n.d.Box 16, Folder 7
    • Co-author: Smialek, 1963-63, n.d.Box 16, Folder 8
    • Co-author: Smith, 1959-60Box 16, Folder 9
    • Co-author: Sondak, 1955-56, n.d.Box 16, Folder 10
    • Co-author: Stevens, 1959-66Box 16, Folder 11
    • Co-author: Stiel, 1957-61Box 16, Folder 12
    • Co-author: Stiel, 1962Box 16, Folder 13
    • Co-author: Stiel, 1963-65, n.d.Box 17, Folder 1
    • Co-author: Stutzman, 1956-58, n.d.Box 17, Folder 2
    • Co-author: Tien, 1958-65, n.d.Box 17, Folder 3
    • Co-author: Thaller, 1958-59, n.d.Box 17, Folder 4
    • Co-author: Theiss, 1960-63Box 17, Folder 5
    • Thodos, 1949-55Box 17, Folder 6
    • Thodos, 1956-64Box 17, Folder 7
    • Thodos, n.d.Box 17, Folder 8
    • Co-author: Veeramani, 1964-66, n.d.Box 17, Folder 9
    • Co-author: Wentz, 1956-62, n.d.Box 17, Folder 10
    • Co-author: Willoughby, 1969-77, n.d.Box 18, Folder 1
    • Co-author: Wilsak, 1982-86, n.d.Box 18, Folder 2
    • Co-author: Yen, 1960-61, n.d.Box 18, Folder 3
    • Co-author: Yoon, 1971-72, n.d.Box 18, Folder 4
    • Co-author: Yuh, 1979-80, n.d.Box 18, Folder 5
    • Co-author: Zia, 1972-78Box 18, Folder 6
    • Undated drafts, n.d.Box 18, Folder 7
  • Off Prints
    • Off Prints, 1939-49Box 18, Folder 8
    • Off Prints, 1950-60Box 18, Folder 9
    • Off Prints, 1960-62Box 19, Folder 1
    • Off Prints, 1963-65Box 19, Folder 2
    • Off Prints, 1966-69Box 19, Folder 3
    • Off Prints, 1970-79Box 19, Folder 4
    • Off Prints, 1976-79Box 19, Folder 5
    • Off Prints, 1981-85Box 19, Folder 6
    • Off Prints, 1986-90Box 19, Folder 7