Frederick F. Lange, 1939-2010
One of ACerS distinguished members, Fred Lange, suddenly died on April
2, 2010. According to an announcement posted on the website of the Materials Department at the University of
California, Santa Barbara, he was with his wife and family attending the doctoral dissertation
defense of his daughter, Helena, at the University of Arizona.
Lange had been a professor
in materials science and chemical engineering at UCSB since the mid-1980s. Over the years, he
published more than 300 journal articles, particularly on topics such as
power processing, fracture mechanics and damage-tolerant ceramic–metal
composites. His most recent work focused on solution processing routes
to single crystal films, colloidal routes to the powder processing, and
the processing and properties composites. He held at least 32 patents.
ACerS elevated Lange to Distinguished Life Member status in 2002 and
he won the W. David Kingery award in 2009. In fact, Lange had
won nearly every major award in the Society, including the Outstanding
Educator Award, the John Jeppson Award, the Sosman Memorial
Lecture Award, the Richard M. Fulrath Award and
the Ross Coffin Purdy Award American Ceramic
Society, Best Paper. In 1974, he was tapped to be an ACerS Fellow.
Besides teaching at UCSB he had a distinguished visiting professor
appointment at the National University of Singapore. He received his BS
in Ceramic Science at Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in solid-state
technology at Penn State University. Early in his career he was a
temporary senior scientist at AERE Harwell, joined Westinghouse R&D
to become a fellow scientist, then on to Rockwell International Science
Center as a group leader and later a principal scientist. He was a
Jubilee Professor at Chalmers University (1983), a Miegunyah
Distinguished Fellow at the University of Melbourne (2007) and a Rutgers
Distinguished Engineering (2007).
Lange was identified as ISI Highly Cited Researcher in 2002. He was
elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1992. He was a
Humboldt Senior Fellow in 1993 and, in 1997, won the Max Planck
Research Award. Recently he was awarded the Richard Brook Prize by the
European Ceramic Society (2009). In 1980, he was awarded Rockwell
Engineer of the Year for recognizing the failure mode for a Space
Shuttle Tile problem that arose 8 month prior to the first mission.