Papers of Dudley A. Saville
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Dudley A. Saville (1933-2006) was an American chemical engineer and a noted authority on electrohydrodynamics and colloid science. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska on February 23, 1933, Saville earned his B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1954, then briefly worked as a development engineer for Union Carbide Corporation (1954-1955). He joined the United States Air Force in 1955, where he served as a jet pilot and a radar intercept instructor.
Upon his discharge from the military in 1958, Saville returned to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he received his master's degree in chemical engineering (1959). After working a short spell with Chevron Oil Company in Richmond, California (1959-1961), he continued his education at the University of Michigan, where he received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1966. Upon receiving his doctorate, he went to work for Shell Development Corporation in Emeryville, California (1966-1968).
In 1968, Saville joined the faculty of Princeton University's Department of Chemical Engineering as an assistant professor. He went on to enjoy an illustrious career at Princeton, reaching the rank of professor in 1977 and eventually being appointed Stephen C. Macaleer Chair in Chemical Engineering in 2003. At Princeton, Saville became a recognized authority on electrohydrodynamics and colloid science. In the course of his research, he invented dielectric spectroscopy, which measured the surface charge of colloidal particles. He also developed the Dynamic Stern Layer model for the interpretation of electrokinetic movements. In 1992, Saville began a productive collaboration with Princeton colleague Ilhan Aksay, in which they used electrohydrodynamics to assemble and pattern colloidal crystals and other submicron phases. This collaboration led to the publication of a number of influential papers in Science, Nature, and Physical Review Letters.
In addition to his work at Princeton, Saville worked for NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) as a consultant. During the mid-1970s, he was an advisor to NASA's Microgravity Sciences Program. Later, he was a member of NASA's Advisory Committee on Space Sciences in the Twenty-First Century. In 1996, Saville's ALEX liquid bridges experiment was launched on the Space Shuttle Columbia.
Saville was the author or co-author of over 110 scientific journal articles. He was also co-author of the textbooks Colloidal Dispersions (1989) and Dynamics of Electrophoresis (1992). Saville was the recipient of several awards, including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers' Alpha Chi Sigma Award (1997) and his election to the National Academy of Engineering (2003). He was also awarded several patents.
Dudley A. Saville died of cancer on October 4, 2006 at his home in Princeton, New Jersey. He was survived by his wife Joy, a son Alex, a daughter Andrea Saville White, a sister, and a grandson.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine - Memorial Tributes - Dudley A. Saville | Memorial Tributes: Volume 12 | The National Academies Press (nap.edu)
Papers of Dudley A. Saville, Science History Institute Archives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The Papers of Dudley A. Saville contain the academic and professional papers of American chemical engineer Dudley A. Saville. This collection documents Saville's career in chemical engineering from his time as an undergraduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to his death. His consultant work with NASA is also well represented.
The Papers of Dudley A. Saville are arranged into the following five series:
- Academic Career
- Manuscripts and Reprints
- Notes on Conference Talks, Lab Courses, & Readings
- Work with NASA
- Correspondence & Reviews
The Papers of Dudley A. Saville were donated to the Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation) by Joy Saville in 2006.
The Papers of Dudley A. Saville were processed by Marguarita Schmid under the supervision of Andrew Mangravite in 2010.
- European Space Agency
- United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- Princeton University. Department of Chemical Engineering
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Arranged in its original order, this series contains Dudley A. Saville's Academic Career files. The files in this series document his academic career. A majority of the files concern his teaching and other faculty duties at Princeton University. A noticeable number of files regarding Saville's academic activities as a graduate student at the University of Michigan are also present in this series. Five files from Saville's time as an undergraduate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a single file created as a graduate student at Nebraska-Lincoln are also preserved here.
The contents of the Academic Career files consist of a wide variety of materials. Saville's Princeton class materials, which include, but are not limited to exams, assignments, and notes make up the bulk of the materials in this series. Saville's graduate school materials (from Michigan and Nebraska-Lincoln) include, but are not limited to, notes, assignments, reports, and copies of his Ph.D. thesis. The contents of his Nebraska-Lincoln undergraduate files include notebooks and exams. A variety of other miscellaneous materials are found throughout the series, including, but not limited to correspondence, handouts, and proposals.
Arranged in in its original order, this series contains Dudley A. Saville's Manuscripts and Reprints files. These files concern scientific articles and papers authored co-authored by Saville. They also provide documentation of his scientific research.
Manuscripts and reprints of articles and papers authored and co-authored by Saville make up the bulk of the materials in this series. Small amounts of other miscellaneous materials, including notes, slides, graphics, and reprints are found here as well.
Arranged in its original order, this series contains note files created and maintained by Dudley A. Saville. These files concern conference talks presented and attended by Saville. Lab courses taught and attended by Saville are also documented in this series. Files regarding papers and books read and reviewed by Saville are also present here.
Notes make up the bulk of the materials preserved in these files. A variety of other miscellaneous materials, including, but not limited to, correspondence, overhead slides, and reports, are found here as well.
See also Box 35 Folder 12.
Arranged in its original order, this series contains Dudley A. Saville's Work with NASA files. They provide documentation of Saville's consultant work with NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). Of special interest are the files concerning his ALEX liquid bridges experiment (preserved in Box 39), which was conducted aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1996.
The contents of the Work with NASA files consist of a wide variety of materials. Reports and correspondence are the most common materials found in this series. Other miscellaneous materials, including, but not limited to, reviews, notes, proposals, and overhead slides are preserved here as well.
This series contains Dudley A. Saville's Correspondence & Reviews files. The contents of this series are arranged into the following two sub-series:
- Reviews and Recommendations
Arranged chronologically by year, this sub-series contains Dudley A. Saville's correspondence files. Correspondence makes up the bulk of the materials in this sub-series. A few accompanying calendars and pocket secretaries (pocket notebooks) are also preserved here.
Arranged in its original order, this sub-series contains Dudley A. Saville's Reviews and Recommendations files. The files in this series mainly concern Saville's reviews of papers, articles, and proposals. Letters of recommendation written by Saville are also preserved here. The contents of this sub-series consist of a variety of materials, including manuscript reviews, letters, and reports.
See also Box 25 Folder 2.