Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Engineering, University Minnesota, 1937. Master of Science, University Minnesota, 1941. Doctor of Philosophy in Math, University Minnesota, 1945.
Doctor of Science (honorary), University Minnesota, 1985. Doctor in Engineering (honorary), Notre Dame University, 1986. Doctor (honorary), University Guadalajara, Mexico, 1994.
Doctor of Science (honorary), Northwestern University, 1997.
He was the Cullen Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Houston. Amundson was considered one of the most prominent chemical engineering educators and researchers in the United States. He taught in the mathematics department until 1947 and joined the University of Minnesota"s Chemical Engineering Department, where he served as Chair from 1949 until 1977.
He served as UH Provost from 1987 to 1989.
Amundson is known internationally for his pioneering work applying mathematical modeling and analysis to the solution of chemical engineering problems. His technical contributions are in the areas of mathematical modeling and analysis of chemical reactors, separation systems, polymerization units, and coal gasification units.
Amundson was one of the main architects of the analytical methodology practiced by chemical engineers today. Amundson wrote more than 200 technical articles as well as several books
He chaired the United States. National Research Council committee that wrote the influential "Frontiers in Chemical Engineering" report.
He was the United States. editor of Chemical Engineering Science from 1955 to 1972. In 1996, Amundson was the first recipient of the International Symposia on Chemical Reaction Engineering (ISCRE) award for excellence, an award that is also named for him. The chemical engineering building at his alma mater University of Minnesota is named in his honor.
He received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Minnesota, Notre Dame, Pennsylvania, Guadalajara, and Northwestern University.
He received the highest faculty honors given by the Universities of Minnesota and Houston. Amundson died on February 16, 2011, at the age of 95.
Member National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering (Founders award 1990), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (William H. Walker award 1962, Warren K. Lewis award 1971, R.H. Wilhelm award 1973, Founder's award 1985), American Academy Arts and Sciences (recipient industrial and engineering chemistry award 1960), American Society Engineering Education (Vincent Bendix award 1970, Medal for Distinguished Achievement., University Pennsylvania 1993), Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Lambda Upsilon, Alpha Chi Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi.
Married Shirley Dimond, September 25, 1941. Children: Gregg Russell, Beth Eva, Erik Neal.