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Memoir

Samuel Krimm
Regents' Proceedings 321

Samuel Krimm, Ph.D., professor of physics in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, professor of macromolecular science and engineering in the College of Engineering, and research scientist in the Biophysics Research Division, retired from active faculty status on May 31, 2001.

Professor Krimm received his B.S. degree from Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1947 and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Princeton University in 1949 and 1950, respectively. He joined the University of Michigan faculty as an instructor in 1952 and was promoted to assistant professor in 1954, associate professor in 1958, and professor in 1963. He served as associate dean for research and facilities, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, from 1972-75, chair of the Biophysics Research Division from 1976-86, and director of the Program in Protein Structure and Design from 1986-94.

A prolific researcher, Professor Krimm has over 280 publications. He pioneered the use of vibrational spectroscopy methods and produced a benchmark series of papers on synthetic and natural macromolecules. He proposed and implemented the isotopic substitution technique for defining the state of folded polymer chains, which played a major role in clarifying our concepts of the structure of crystalline polymers and the structural basis of the infrared and Raman spectra of proteins.

His recent work focuses on the development of accurate potential energy functions for polymers and proteins. Professor Krimm's honors include the High Polymer Physics Prize (1977) from the American Physical Society and the University of Michigan's Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award (1986). He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was a senior fellow in the UM Society of Fellows (1971-76). In 1983, he was awarded the Humboldt Prize, Germany's highest research award for senior U.S. scientists and scholars in all disciplines.

The Regents now salute this distinguished teacher and scholar by naming Samuel Krimm professor emeritus of physics, professor emeritus of macromolecular science and engineering, and research scientist emeritus.