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Papers of Dudley A. Saville

Identifier: 2006-121

Scope and Content

The Papers of Dudley A. Saville contain the academic and professional papers of American chemical engineer Dudley A. Saville. This collection documents Saville’s career in chemical engineering from his time as an undergraduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to his death. His consultant work with NASA is also well represented.

The Papers of Dudley A. Saville are arranged into the following five series:

  1. Academic Career
  2. Manuscripts and Reprints
  3. Notes on Conference Talks, Lab Courses, & Readings
  4. Work with NASA
  5. Correspondence & Reviews


  • Creation: 1950-2006
  • Creation: Majority of material found within Bulk 1963-2004


Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes and the collection is open to the public.

Copyright Information

The Science History Institute holds copyright to the Papers of Dudley A. Saville. The researcher assumes full responsibility for all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Background Note

Dudley A. Saville (1933-2006) was an American chemical engineer and a noted authority on electrohydrodynamics and colloid science. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska on February 23, 1933, Saville earned his B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1954, then briefly worked as a development engineer for Union Carbide Corporation (1954-1955). He joined the United States Air Force in 1955, where he served as a jet pilot and a radar intercept instructor.

Upon his discharge from the military in 1958, Saville returned to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he received his master’s degree in chemical engineering (1959). After working a short spell with Chevron Oil Company in Richmond, California (1959-1961), he continued his education at the University of Michigan, where he received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1966. Upon receiving his doctorate, he went to work for Shell Development Corporation in Emeryville, California (1966-1968).

In 1968, Saville joined the faculty of Princeton University’s Department of Chemical Engineering as an assistant professor. He went on to enjoy an illustrious career at Princeton, reaching the rank of professor in 1977 and eventually being appointed Stephen C. Macaleer Chair in Chemical Engineering in 2003. At Princeton, Saville became a recognized authority on electrohydrodynamics and colloid science. In the course of his research, he invented dielectric spectroscopy, which measured the surface charge of colloidal particles. He also developed the Dynamic Stern Layer model for the interpretation of electrokinetic movements. In 1992, Saville began a productive collaboration with Princeton colleague Ilhan Aksay, in which they used electrohydrodynamics to assemble and pattern colloidal crystals and other submicron phases. This collaboration led to the publication of a number of influential papers in Science, Nature, and Physical Review Letters.

In addition to his work at Princeton, Saville worked for NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) as a consultant. During the mid-1970s, he was an advisor to NASA’s Microgravity Sciences Program. Later, he was a member of NASA’s Advisory Committee on Space Sciences in the Twenty-First Century. In 1996, Saville’s ALEX liquid bridges experiment was launched on the Space Shuttle Columbia.

Saville was the author or co-author of over 110 scientific journal articles. He was also co-author of the textbooks Colloidal Dispersions (1989) and Dynamics of Electrophoresis (1992). Saville was the recipient of several awards, including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Alpha Chi Sigma Award (1997) and his election to the National Academy of Engineering (2003). He was also awarded several patents.

Dudley A. Saville died of cancer on October 4, 2006 at his home in Princeton, New Jersey. He was survived by his wife Joy, a son Alex, a daughter Andrea Saville White, a sister, and a grandson.


The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, Medicine - Memorial Tributes - Dudley A. Saville | Memorial Tributes: Volume 12 | The National Academies Press (

Papers of Dudley A. Saville, Science History Institute Archives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


24.0 Linear Feet (46 Boxes)

Language of Materials



Academic and professional papers of American chemical engineer Dudley A. Saville, which document his academic career and his work as an outside consultant. Of special interest are the files relating to his work for NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) in the planning and execution of a series of experiments carried out by NASA’s Manned Space Laboratory program.

Acquisition Information

The Papers of Dudley A. Saville were donated to the Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation) by Joy Saville in 2006.

Related Materials

The Photographs from the Papers of Dudley A. Saville are preserved at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Processing Information

The Papers of Dudley A. Saville were processed by Marguarita Schmid under the supervision of Andrew Mangravite in 2010.

Papers of Dudley A. Saville
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Revision Statements

  • 2021: Revised by Kenton G. Jaehnig

Repository Details

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