In addition to teaching, Dr. Chao served as design engineer at Scully Jones Co., Chicago (summer 1951–1952); resident research associate, Argonne National Laboratory (summer 1961); member of the technical staff, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (summer 1964); Russell S. Springer visiting professor of mechanical engineering, University of California, Berkeley (spring 1973); visiting scientist, Argonne National Laboratory (1975); and consultant to Scully Jones, the US Atomic Energy Commission, University of Washington in Seattle, Clemson University, State University of New York–Buffalo, and Argonne National Laboratory.
Dr. Chao was very active in his profession. He was member of a number of professional societies, a founding member of the Society of Engineering Science, and an honorary member of Phi Tau Sigma. He was also listed in the Dictionary of International Biography, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in Engineering.
Bates is survived by his wife May Kiang, whom he married in 1947 in Manchester, England. They met in Chongqing, the wartime capital of China, in 1945. They had no children of their own, but for eight years they raised Bates’ nephew and niece, Fred and Clara Chao, who had survived a tragic automobile accident in their home country of Brazil that claimed the lives of their father (Bates’ brother), mother, and three siblings. Fred and Clara later returned to Brazil and now have families there.
Everyone who met Bates was impressed by his kindness, by how easy it was to speak with him, and by the range of his intellect, including his knowledge of science and of the stock exchange. He was a true visionary, and his death is a profound loss for his family and friends, the University of Illinois, and the science and engineering communities.