Sol Weller has passed away

Sol W. Weller, a retired pro­fes­sor of chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing at the Uni­ver­si­ty at Buf­fa­lo, died Sun­day, August 24, 2008 in Beech­wood Con­tin­u­ing Care, Get­zville. He was 90. Born in Detroit, he earned his Ph. D. in chem­istry from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Chica­go. Dur­ing World War II, he worked on the Man­hat­tan Project. Over the next two decades, he worked in chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing, spe­cial­iz­ing in kinet­ics, coal liq­ue­fac­tion, the sep­a­ra­tion of gas­es by per­me­ation, cat­a­lysts and stan­dard­iza­tion of cat­a­lyst- test­ing meth­ods. He was respon­si­ble for sev­er­al patents in his field. In 1963, he became a pro­fes­sor of chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing at The State Uni­ver­si­ty of New York at Buf­fa­lo (UB), where he taught until 1988. While at UB, he held the C. C. Fur­nas Memo­r­i­al Chair in Engi­neer­ing in 1983. He also received two Ful­bright Awards, the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excel­lence in Teach­ing in 1973, the Storch Award for coal research in 1981, Mur­phee Award for Indus­tri­al and Engi­neer­ing Chem­istry in 1982 and the Schoel­lkopf Medal in 1984. Dr. Weller also taught and con­sult­ed in Madrid, Spain; Istan­bul, Turkey; Oxford, Eng­land; and Haifa, Israel. He wrote many sci­en­tif­ic papers, book chap­ters and ency­clo­pe­dia entries dur­ing his career. A tal­ent­ed ama­teur pianist, Dr. Weller and the for­mer Miri­am Dam­ick, his wife of 62 years, host­ed many musi­cal events in their Williamsville home. She died in 2006.
Source: The Buf­fa­lo News, Sept. 3, 2008