In Memoriam: Scott Lynn

December 20, 2022

Professor Emeritus Scott Lynn, 1989 photo

Scott Lynn in his office, 1989. Photo Dennis Galloway.

Dear CoC Colleagues,

I write to share the sad news that Scott Lynn, Professor Emeritus of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, passed away on Saturday, December 17, at the age of 94.

Scott completed his B.S. degree in applied chemistry at the California Institute of Technology in 1950. He then went on to earn his M.S. degree (1951) and Ph.D. degree (1954) in chemical engineering also at Caltech. He trained as a postdoctoral fellow from 1953-54 at the Technical University in Delft, Netherlands. Following his postdoctoral training, Scott spent 12 years as a Senior Research Engineer at Dow Chemical Company. In 1967, he joined the chemical engineering faculty at Berkeley. During his time on the faculty, Scott served as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs in the College (1986-91) and Associate Dean for Business Affairs in the College (1991-94). He retired in 1994 but continued to be active in research, service, and teaching as professor emeritus. During his career at Berkeley, Scott advised one postdoctoral scholar and 51 graduate students, who received 39 M.S. and 17 Ph.D. degrees with some, or all, of those dissertations having industrial sponsorship.

Scott's research interests involved process synthesis and design, especially in the fields of industrial elect­rochemistry, inorganic chemicals, removal of H2S from gases at high and low temperatures and pressures, pollution abatement, and methods of treatment of industrial waste water. He also studied separation of aqueous azeotropes and solvent‑induced crystallization of salts from aqueous solutions. Scott possessed an extensive knowledge of the industrial practice of chemical engineering and an ability to apply his theoretical knowledge to creative solutions for industrial problems. He was a Member of the American Chemical Society and a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (1975). Over the course of Scott’s industrial and academic career, he was granted 29 patents.

Please join me in remembering Scott and his many valuable contributions to our community.