Thiele’s longest professional work experiences were with the Standard Oil Company of Indiana and the University of Notre Dame. He retired as associate director of research at Standard Oil (now the Amoco Corporation) in 1960 after thirty-five years there and then served as a visiting professor of chemical engineering at Notre Dame until 1970. His name was known to every chemical engineer trained after 1927, since by then all departments of chemical engineering were teaching the McCabe-Thiele method for determining distillation parameters. After 1939, most chemical engineers interested in designing chemical reactors employing solid catalysts became familiar with the Thiele modulus and catalyst electiveness factors, which were inventions of Thiele. Ernest Thiele was born on December 8, 1895, in Chicago, Illinois. More information about him can be found here.
Nomination forms and additional information (i.e. deadline) can be obtained from the Thiele Committee Chair.
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