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Mason Lectures

David M. Mason
1921 - 1988

The David M. Mason Lectures in Chemical Engineering are named in honor of the late David M. Mason, who was Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Stanford University. 

Born in Los Angeles, Dave Mason did both his graduate and undergraduate work at the California Institute of Technology, receiving the Ph.D. degree in 1949 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1966.  He was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and in 1984 was presented the Institute's Founders Award for outstanding contributions in chemical engineering. His research interests lay in the field of applied chemical thermodynamics and kinetics. 

Dave joined the Stanford faculty in 1955 as an associate professor in the Chemistry Department's division of chemical engineering.  The relationships forged during those years have endured and have shaped the ties that still exist between the Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.  In 1960, David Mason seized the opportunity to create an autonomous Department of Chemical Engineering as a result of a Ford Foundation grant to Stanford.  The most notable aspect of the succeeding events is the rapidity with which Dave built the department to a position of excellence and national prominence, hired senior and junior faculty, and provided the department with its first home, the John Stauffer Building, third of the buildings in the Stauffer complex.  He served as Chair of the Department from 1960-72, and then as Professor from 1972 until his retirement in 1986.  Dave Mason passed away in August, 1988.

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David M. Mason Lecturers

1975 - Cornelius Pings 1991 - L. Louis Hegedus 2006 - James A. Dumesic
1976 - Leon Lapidus 1992 - William B. Russel 2007 - David A. Tirrell
1978 - Ralph Landau 1993 - Robert A. Brown 2008 - Alice P. Gast
1979 - Neal R. Amundson 1994 - Mary L. Good 2009 - Ronald Larson
1980 - Thomas Baron 1995 - John H. Sinfelt 2010 - Golden Anniversary Symposium
1981 - John A. Quinn 1996 - Lanny D. Schmidt 2011 - G.M. "Bud" Homsy
1982 - John R. Grey 1997 - Henrik Topsoe 2012 - Enrique Iglesia
1983 - Thomas J. Hanratty 1998 - Matthew Tirrell 2013 - Gregory Stephanopoulos
1984 - Paul M. Cook 1999 - James E. Bailey 2014 - David Weitz
1985 - Pierre-Gilles de Gennes 2000 - Mark E. Davis 2015 - Pablo Debenedetti
1986 - Silver Anniversary Symposium 2001 - Robert S. Langer 2016 - Paula T. Hammond
1987 - William R. Schowalter 2002 - John F. Brady 2017 - Ann L. Lee
1988 - Kenneth H. Keller 2003 - Mark A. Barteau 2018 - Symposium Honoring Robert Madix 
1989 - John H. Seinfeld 2004 - L. Gary Leal 2019 - Lynden A. Archer
1990 - Harry G. Drickamer 2005 - Elsa Reichmanis

2020 - K. Dane Wittrup

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020