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DUDLEY A. SAVILLE
1933–2006

Elected in 2003


“For advancing our understanding of electrokinetic and electrohydrodynamic processes and their application to the assembly of colloidal arrays.”


BY WILLIAM R. SCHOWALTER


DUDLEY ALBERT SAVILLE, the Stephen C. Macaleer ’63 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science and professor of chemical engineering at Princeton University, died on Wednesday, October 4, 2006. In the course of a distinguished 40-year career, Saville established himself as an internationally renowned authority in fluid mechanics and colloid science.

Saville was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, on February 25, 1933. After a precocious childhood, he attended the University of Nebraska and obtained a B.S. in chemical engineering in 1954. Following brief employment with the Union Carbide Corporation as a development engineer, he joined the Air Force as a commissioned 2nd lieutenant in March 1955. He learned to fly T33, T34, T28, and C-47 airplanes at Marana Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, and from October 1956 to September 1957, he was a controller at the 314th Air Division at Osan-Ni K-55 Air Base, Korea, and a T33 pilot.

While in Korea, Saville took extension courses in advanced mathematics and tutored several fellow airmen; he served as a radar-intercept instructor at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, through January 1958. By the end of his three-year service in the Air Force, he had logged 500 flying hours and had been promoted to the rank of captain. Service in the Air Force was a formative experience that reinforced his self-confidence, and he remained a glider enthusiast for much of his life.



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