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Robert Byron Bird is a Chemical Engineer and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is known for his research in Transport phenomena of Non-Newtonian fluids, including fluid dynamics of polymers, polymer kinetic theory, and rheology.[1] He, along with Warren E. Stewart and Edwin N. Lightfoot, is the author of the classic textbook Transport Phenomena.[2] Bird is a recipient of National Medal of Science in 1987.[3]



Bird received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1947 and Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1950. During 1950-1951, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Instituut voor Theoretische Fysica, Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Awards and honors

Bird is a recipient of the National Medal of Science; the Medal was awarded by President Ronald Reagan "for his profoundly influential books and research on kinetic theory, transport phenomena, the behavior of polymeric fluids, and foreign language study for engineers and scientists."[3] He was awarded the Bingham Medal in 1974 for his outstanding contributions to the field of rheology.[4]

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering since 1969, member of the National Academy of Sciences since 1989, and a number of foreign academies, including Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (1981), Royal Belgian Academy of Sciences (1994). Bird is also a Fellow number of academies, including American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1981 and American Physical Society since 1970, American Academy of Mechanics since 1983.


Bird is the coauthor of several influential books in transport phenomena and rheology, including the classic textbook Transport Phenomena which was translated into many foreign languages, including Spanish, Italian, Czech, Russian, and Chinese and the 1200 page tome, Molecular Theory of Gases and Liquids.

  • Transport Phenomena, with W. E. Stewart and E. N. Lightfoot, Wiley, (1960, 2nd ed. 2002).
  • Molecular Theory of Gases and Liquids, with J. O. Hirschfelder and C. F. Curtiss, Wiley, (1954, revised 1964).
  • Dynamics of Polymeric Liquids, Vol. 1, Fluid Dynamics, with R. C. Armstrong and O. Hassager, Wiley, (1977, 2nd ed. 1987).
  • Dynamics of Polymeric Liquids, Vol. 2, Kinetic Theory, with C. F. Curtiss, R. C. Armstrong, and O. Hassager, Wiley, (1977, 2nd ed. 1987).




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