John Prausnitz

John Prausnitz
Born January 7, 1928 (1928-01-07) (age 90)
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Cornell University
University of Rochester
Princeton University
Known for Molecular Thermodynamics, NRTL, UNIQUAC, UNIFAC
Awards National Medal of Science (2003)
Scientific career
Fields Chemical Engineering
Institutions University of California, Berkeley
Doctoral advisor R.H. Wilhelm

John M. Prausnitz is a professor of chemical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, a position he has held since 1955.[1] Dr. Prausnitz is responsible for many of the activity coefficient models used for the design of major chemical plants.[2] He is a recipient of the National Medal of Science in the field of engineering for his work in engineering-oriented molecular thermodynamics.[3]


  1. Annual Reviews Conversations Presents An Interview with John M. Prausnitz. Rascouët-Paz, Anna. Annual Reviews, 24 May 2011.
  2. O'Connell, John P. (2011). "Preface to the John M. Prausnitz Festschrift". Journal of Chemical Engineering Data. 56: 691–693. doi:10.1021/je2000843.
  3. "John M. Prausnitz". National Science and Technology Medals Foundation. Retrieved 4 October 2016.

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