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Williams, Theodore J. (Theodore Joseph), 1923-2013



  • Existence: September 2, 1923 - April 27, 2013

Biographical Information

Theodore Williams grew up in a small town and graduated from high school in Pennsylvania, and then served in the US Airforce in WWII, and married. He then attended Pennsylvania State University on the GI Bill where he earned a BA and MA in Biology, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering. Following his PhD, Williams was hired at Monsanto Company where he worked for several years and then took a teaching position at the University of Washington.

He was recruited by Purdue and hired as a full Professor of Chemical Engineering in 1965. At Purdue, Williams was Professor of Chemical Engineering where he also directed the Laboratory for Applied Industrial Control.

He served as president of the American Automatic Control Council and was a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He belonged to the Sons of the American Revolution. He received a silver medal from Great Britain’s Institute of Measurement and Control and the Founder Award from the Instrument Society of America.


MSO 1, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Oral History Program collection, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.


Theodore J. Williams Obituary. Accessed November 5, 2020.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Theodore J. Williams papers

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 20140711.1

Theodore J. Williams papers, addition 01

 Unprocessed — Box: 1
Identifier: 20140818