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L. E. (SKIP) SCRIVEN

1931–2007

Elected in 1978

“For application of fluid mechanics to fundamental problems of absorption, interface stability coating flows, surface wetting, and oil recovery.”

BY CHRIS MACOSKO

LAURENCE EDWARD (SKIP) SCRIVEN, faculty member of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Regents Professor at the University of Minnesota, passed away on August 3, 2007, of complications from pancreatic cancer.

Laurence Edward Scriven was born on November 4, 1931, in Battle Creek, Michigan. He was called Skipper as a boy, and the nickname Skip soon stuck. After stops in London and Washington, his family moved to Hillsborough, California, when he was in the seventh grade. In that class he met Dorene, his wife to be. He received his B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was the “Most Distinguished Student of the Class of 1952.” In 1956 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware under the supervision of Robert Pigford. He worked as a research engineer for Shell Development Company in Emeryville, California, before joining the chemical engineering department at the University of Minnesota in 1959 as an assistant professor. In 1960 he received the Allan Colburn Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Skip was named a full professor in 1966 and was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1978. In 1988 he was selected as regents professor of chemical engineering and materials science, the highest honor a professor can receive from the University of Minnesota.

During his illustrious career, Professor Scriven authored



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