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The William H. Schwarz Lecture

Dr. Schwarz attended the Johns Hopkins University, where he earned a bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in 1951, 1955, and 1957 in chemical engineering.  As an undergraduate, he starred on the Hopkins football team as a defensive end and later served as line coach while continuing graduate studies.

For his doctoral work, Dr. Schwarz studied with the late Stanley Corrsin, one of the leading turbulence experts of his generation. After receiving his Ph.D., Schwarz went to Stanford University, where his 1963 article, co-authored with Carl Gibson, is considered a landmark in the field.  At the point of being promoted to professor in 1968, Dr. Schwarz returned to Johns Hopkins to join Stan Corrsin as a professor of mechanics.

At Hopkins, the interdisciplinary nature of the then-Department of Mechanics provided fertile ground for Schwarz’s other research interests, including acoustics, the mechanics of swallowing, biophysics, and bacteria that cause drag when they attach to sea vessels.  In 1977, Schwarz developed a plan for reestablishing chemical engineering at Hopkins and served as the re-established department’s chair from 1979-1981.

Schwarz also loved the sailing and kippered his boat, Good Times, to victory in a division of the 1993 Governor’s Cup yacht. The legacy of Bill Schwarz lives on for generations to come through his students who have gone on to successful careers.

Honored Schwarz Lecturers

  • 2011 - Michael Betenbaugh
    Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering,
    Johns Hopkins University
  • 2010 - Ralph G. Nuzzo
    Departments of Chemistry,
    Materials Science and Engineering,
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • 2009 - Denis Wirtz
    Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering,
    Johns Hopkins University

.Nano and Micro Technology

.Cell and Molecular Biotechnology

.Interfacial Phenomena

.Computational Biology and Functional Genomics

.Molecular Thermodynamics

.Drug Delivery, Biomaterials, and Tissue Engineering