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Memoir

Edgar F. Westrum
Regents' Proceedings 251

Edgar F. Westrum, Jr., professor of chemistry, will retire from active faculty status on May 31, 1989, after a career of 43 years of teaching and research at the University of Michigan.

Born in Albert Lea, Minnesota, Professor Westrum received his B.Chem. degree from the University of Minnesota in 1940 and his Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1944. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Berkeley and at the University of Chicago before joining the University of Michigan as an assistant professor in 1946. He was promoted to associate professor in 1950 and professor in 1958.

Professor Westrum is first and foremost a superb scientist. In the field of experimental chemical thermodynamics, largely low temperature calorimetry, he has few peers. His more than 400 published papers provide a record of an exceedingly fine experimentalist who has directed his efforts towards answering important scientific questions. He has taken a leading role in international scientific organizations —IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) and particularly in ICSU's (International Council of Scientific Unions) CODATA (Committee on Data for Science and Technology); he has served continuously on CODATA since its inception in 1971 and was its secretary-general for nine years. This committee seeks to improve the management and accessibility of reliable scientific data, one of the most pressing scientific issues of our day. One measure of the intensity of his involvement is the more than 100 trips toEurope he made in the 1970s to promote the work of CODATA.

A dedicated editor of journals and monographs, in 1960 Professor Westrum co-founded the Bulletin of Chemical Thermodynamics. He has been involved in co-editorial roles since its inception and he assumed the editorship for the 1966-77 decade, building its annual issues from a few pages to more than 600 pages. In 1969, Professor Westrum and Professor Max McGlashan launched the prestigious Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics published by Academic Press. He shared the editorship with Professor McGlashan during its eight formative years, by the end of which it had grown to its present page size and 12 issues per year.

Although Professor Westrum's career has had immense impact on the international scientific community, he has also participated fully in the teaching program of the chemistry department and carried his share of other departmental responsibilities. His teaching duties have included beginning courses in general chemistry, intermediate level courses in physical chemistry, beginning graduate courses, and specialty research courses in
thermodynamics.

The Regents now salute this distinguished scholar for his achievements and dedicated service by naming Edgar F. Westrum, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Chemistry.