Index of Memorial Resolutions and Biographical Sketches
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.