July 25, 1903–January 14, 1976
BY HOYT C. HOTTEL
THOMAS KILGORE SHERWOOD was, by any standards, one of America's great chemical engineers. His scholarly work on mass transfer under molecular and turbulent-flow conditions made him a world authority in the area. He was the author of five books, two of which had enormous influence on the teaching and practice of chemical engineering. Taking strong stands on the problems of engineering education was one of his hallmarks. In the early stages of World War II he was the finder of talent for military research in chemical engineering; in the war's late period he was in Europe gathering intelligence. He was one of the founders of the National Academy of Engineering. He was respected and admired by his peers; countless numbers of them called him friend. He had warmth, charm, orderliness, and a conscience that drove him to use his talents to the fullest to advance chemical engineering in theory and practice. The world has his number—the Sherwood Number.
Thomas Kilgore Sherwood was born to Milton Worthington Sherwood and Sadie Tackaberry Sherwood on July 25, 1903, in Columbus, Ohio, but spent most of his early youth in Montreal. With a B.Sc. degree from McGil University, in