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Donald Laverne Katz (August 1, 1907 near Jackson, Michigan – May 29, 1989 Ann Arbor, Michigan) was an American chemist and chemical engineer.[1][2]

The 1983 National Medal of Science was presented to Katz by President Ronald Reagan "for solving many practical engineering problems by delving into a wide group of sciences and making their synergistic effects evident." [3] [4] Katz was also noted for developing a hazard rating system for dangerous bulk cargoes.[5] The New York Times called Katz an "oil expert".[1] The National Academy of Engineering called him a "world leader" in reservoir engineering.[2]

Katz was chairman of the Chemical Engineering Department and A. H. White University Professor at the University of Michigan.[1][6][7] He was also a member of the National Academy of Engineering.[7]

He was a father to Marvin L. Katz and Linda Katz.

Notable awards and honors

Katz received the following distinctions and honors:[6]



  1. ^ a b c "Donald Katz, 81, Dies; Oil Engineering Expert". The New York Times. June 10, 1989.
  2. ^ a b Memorial Tributes: National Academy of Engineering, Volume 4 (1991;National Academy of Engineering (NAE);Donald LaVERNE Katz
  3. ^ "TELLER AND 10 OTHERS RECEIVE SCIENCE MEDAL FROM REAGAN". The New York Times. AP. May 29, 1983.
  4. ^ The President's National Medal of Science: Recipient Details;DONALD L. KATZ; Emeritus Professor
  5. ^ "TRANSPORT NEWS: HAZARD RATINGS; Cargo-Defining System Will Be Drawn for Coast Guard". The New York Times. April 12, 1964.
  6. ^ a b Center for Oral History. "Donald L. Katz". Science History Institute.
  7. ^ a b Bohning, James J. (22 August 1986). Donald L. Katz, Transcript of an Interview Conducted by James J. Bohning at Holland, Michigan on 22 August 1986 (PDF). Philadelphia, PA: The Beckman Center for History of Chemistry.