Robert Byron Bird, age 96, passed away on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Madison, Wis. He was born on Feb. 5, 1924, in Bryan, Texas, to the late Byron and Ethel Bird. After serving in the U.S. Army as an officer in the 90th Chemical Mortar Battalion during World War II, Bob dedicated his life to teaching, writing and research. Bob received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, where he continued for over 60 years as a professor in the chemical engineering department and as Professor Emeritus after his retirement. Bob is known for his research, books and papers on Transport Phenomena of Non-Newtonian fluids, including fluid dynamics of polymers, polymer kinetic theory and rheology.
On behalf of the Journal of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences on the sad loss of Professor Robert Byron Bird. Our community will never forget one of its great scientists for his meritorious contributions to chemical engineering science and technology.
May his soul rest in peace.
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