Elected in 1988
“For excellence in research and education in chemical reaction engineering and in biomedical engineering.”
BY MARK A. BARTEAU
KENNETH B. BISCHOFF died on August 27, 2006. Ken was born in Chicago on February 29, 1936, obviously a leap-year baby. Ken was proud of this accidental distinction, and when a leap-year day occurred, a special birthday celebration was held. Ken also described himself in his leap-year age; at the time of his death he was 17.373 (70 in conventional terms).
Ken enjoyed a distinguished academic and industrial career, both in the United States and internationally. He earned his B.S. in chemical engineering in 1957 at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and remained there for his Ph.D. (1961) under the direction of Octave Levenspiel. His dissertation was on backmixing in chemical reactors. His 1960–1961 postdoctoral work was with Gilbert Froment at the Rijksuniversiteit Gent. This marked the beginning of a long collaboration and friendship. Ken was an assistant professor and an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin from 1961 to 1967, where he was mentored by and collaborated with David Himmelblau. This collaboration produced a textbook, Process Analysis and Simulation (John Wiley & Sons, 1968). Ken then served as an associate professor and as a full professor at the University of Maryland from 1967 to 1970. There he enjoyed a very productive collaboration with Bob Dedrick of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and together they