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Thomas Kilgore Sherwood


Thomas Kilgore Sherwood, American educator. Recipient William H. Walker award, American Institute Chemical Engineers, for publications in chemical engineering 1941, Founders’ award, 1963, W.K. Lewis award, 1972; United States Medal for Merit, 1948.


Sherwood, Thomas Kilgore was born on July 25, 1903 in Columbus, Ohio, United States. Son of Milton Worthington and Sadie (Tackaberry) Sherwood.


Bachelor of Science McGill University, 1923, Honorary Doctor of Science 1951. S.M. Entertainment Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1924, Doctor of Science, 1929. E.D. (honorary), Northeastern U., 1948.

D. Technices (honorary), Technology U. Denmark, 1974.


; children—Thomas K. III, Richard M., Lorna Marcia. Married second, Virginia Howell Smith, June 17, 1953. Assistant department chemical engineering Massachusetts Institute Technology, 1924-1926, assistant professor, 1930-1933, associate professor, 1933-1941, professor, 1941-1969, Lammot duPont professor chemical engineering, 1965-1969, also dean engineering, 1946-1952.

Assistant professor chemical engineering Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1928-1930. Priestley lecturer Pennsylvania State University, 1959. Visiting professor chemical engineering University of California at Berkeley, 1970-1976.

Consultant chemical engineer, 1926-1974. Member committee div. Master of Professional Engineering Sciences, National Science Foundation, 1954-1958.

National Research Council committee air quality management, 1967-1973.


  • Author: Absorption and Extraction, 1937, 2d edition. (with R.L. Pigford) 1952. (with C.E. Reed), Applied Mathematics in Chemical Engineering, 1939, 2d edition., 1957.

    (with C.N. Satterfield) Role of Diffusion in Catalysis, 1963. A Course in Process Design, 1963. (with R.C. Reid) Physical Properties of Gases and Liquids, 1958, 2d edition., 1966, 3d edit., 1977.

    (with R.L. Pigford and C.R. Wilke) Mass Transfer, 1975. Contributor articles on various chemical engineering subjects to technical publications.


Member committee div. Master of Professional Engineering Sciences, National Science Foundation, 1954-1958. Served as technical aide, section chief, div.

Member National Defense Research Committee Office of Scientific Research and Development, 1940-1946, as consultant to Baruch rubber committee, 1942, as expert consultant (Alsos Mission) War department, 1944. Member American Academy Arts and Sciences, National Academy Engineering (founding.


Married Betty Macdonald, September 7, 1927 (deceased.; married second, Virginia Howell Smith, June 17, 1953. Children: Thomas K. III, Richard M., Lorna Marcia.

Milton Worthington Sherwood

Sadie (Tackaberry) Sherwood

Betty Macdonald

Virginia Howell Smith

Thomas K. III Sherwood

Richard M. Sherwood

Lorna Marcia Sherwood