NEW YORK (Mar. 11)
Dr. Benjamin Levich, the Soviet Jewish dissident who left the USSR in 1978 and came to the United States in April, 1979, has been elected a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), it was announced by City College where he is now Albert Einstein Professor of Science.
Levich, who is also director of the Institute of Applied Chemical Physics and Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Physics at the college, was elected to the NAE in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the fields of engineering, engineering science and technology, a City College spokesman said. Last year Levich received the prestigious Faraday Medal of the British Chemical Society, one of England’s highest scientific awards, for his contributions in the field of electrochemistry.
Levich gained world renown by virtually creating the field of physicochemical hydrodynamics. By giving order and a name to this new discipline, he secured preeminence and a large following among engineers and scientists in a wide range of disciplines.
The NAE, established in 1964, is a private organization that shares the responsibility given to the National Academy of Sciences under its Congressional charter to examine questions of science and technology for the federal government. The NAE sponsors engineering programs aimed at meeting national needs, encourages engineering research and recognizes distinguished engineers.