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Edwin R. Gilliland

educator , chemical engineer

Edwin R. Gilliland, American educator, chemical engineer. Recipient Professional Progress award 1950, William H. Walker award, 1954, Warren K. Lewis award chemical engineering education, 1965, all from American Institute Chemical Engineers; Baekland award American Chemical Society, 1945, Industrial and Engineering Chemistry award, 1959.


Gilliland, Edwin R. was born on July 10, 1909 in El Reno, Oklahoma, United States. Son of Owen Edwin and Elsie (Kelly) Gilliland.


Bachelor of Science, University Illinois, 1930. Master of Science, Pennsylvania State College, 1931. Doctor of Science, Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1933.

D. Engineering, Northeastern U., 1948.


F. Miller, June 15, 1938. 1 daughter, Gail Ann (Mistress Corbett). Instructor chemical engineering Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1934-1936, assistant professor, 1936-1939, associate professor, 1939-1944, professor, 1944, deputy dean engineering, 1945-1946, chairman faculty, 1952-1954, acting head department, 1951-1953, 55-56, 60, head department, 1961-1969, Warren K. Lewis professor chemical engineering, 1969-1971, Institute professor, 1971-1973.

Assistant rubber director charge research and development Office of Rubber, 1942-1944. Deputy chairman, member div. 11, National Defense Research Committee, 1944-1945.

Member President’ Science Advisory Committee, 1960-1965. Deputy chairman guided missiles committee Joint Chiefs Staff, 1945-1946. Vice chairman fuels and lubricants subcommittee National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, 1946-1947.

Consultant Office Science and Technology, 1965-1973.


  • Co-author: 3d edit. Principles of Chemical Engineering. Author: 4th edit. Elements of Fractional Distillation. Author numerous articles on chemical engineering and related subjects.


Fellow American Institute Chemists, American Institute Chemical Engineers (director 1958-1960, Founders award 1971). Member National Academy of Engineering, American Chemical Society, National Academy Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society for Engineering Education, American Academy Arts and Sciences, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi.


Married Annual.

Owen Edwin Gilliland

Elsie (Kelly) Gilliland