WILLIAM H. WADE
William H. Wade, retired professor of
chemistry and biochemistry, died on June 27, 1998. he was 67.
Professor Wade was born on November
3, 1930, in San Antonio, Texas. He received a bachelor's degree from
St. Mary's University in 1951 and a PhD from The University of Texas
at Austin in 1955.
Professor Wade was a research scientist
at the Radiation Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley.
He returned to the University in 1958 as a postdoctoral fellow. In 1961
he became a member of the faculty. He was the chairman of the Department
of Chemistry and Biochemistry from 1974 to 1981. Under his leadership
the department reached first rank, nationally and internationally.
Professor Wade's research interests
included the chemistry of corrosion and classical surface chemistry.
His research included more than 180 authored and coauthored refereed
articles. He was a consultant to Petroferm USA, STATOIL, Affinity Biotech,
International Specialty Products, E. I. du Pont, AKZO Nobel, and CONDEA
Vista. He also patented a spinning drop machine. The proceeds from the
invention support UT Austin scholarships.
Dr. Wade was a member of the American
Chemical Society, where he served one term as chairman and twice organized
the National Colloid Symposium. With Professor Gary Pope, he created
a system to remove chlorocarbons from a chemical dump site in Utah.
In 1979, he was awarded the Chevalier
de I'Ordre des Palmes Academiques from the French government for his
work with French scientists.
A memorial for Professor Wade was published
in the summer 1998 edition of Focus on Science, the newsletter
of the College of Natural Sciences.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta
and posted on the Faculty Council web site on February 16, 2001.
Additional biographical sources can be found in the UT Office
of Public Affairs and on the departmental web site http://www.cm.utexas.edu/faculty/Wade.html.