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Allan Philip Colburn


Allan Philip Colburn, American educator. Recipient Walker award, American Institute Chemical Engineers, 1936, Professional Progress award, 1948. Director Delaware chapter American Red Cross since 1946.


Colburn, Allan Philip was born on June 8, 1904 in Madison, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Willis Paul and Jane (Grimm) Colburn.


Student Marquette U., Milwaukee, 1922-1924. Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin, 1926, Master of Science, 1927, Doctor of Philosophy., 1929.


Research chemical engineer, DuPont Company, Wilmington, Delaware, 1929-1938. Associate professor chemical engineering, University of Delaware, 1938-1941, professor since 1941, assistant to the president, 1947-1950, acting president, April-November 1950, provost since 1950, chairman engineering experiment station since 1947. Consultant chemical engineer since 1941.

Secretary Haskell Research Foundation, Inc., since 1949. Conservation to Research and Development Board, Department of Defense, since 1948.


Member American Institute Chemical Engineers (director, 1944-1947, chairman awards committee, 1946,47, 1951), National Education Association, American Society Engineering Education (chairman graduate studies div. 1952, chairman educational methods div. 1953). American Society of Mechanical Engineers (chairman heat transfer div., 1948), American Chemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi, Phi Lambda Upsilon, Phi Kappa Phi.


Married Evelyn Safford, November 21, 1931. Children: Judith, Willis, Carolyn.

Willis Paul Colburn

Jane (Grimm) Colburn

Evelyn Safford

Judith Colburn

Willis Colburn

Carolyn Colburn