Karasz Frank Erwin

Corresponding members IX. Department of Technical Sciences
Karasz Frank Erwin


  • July 23, 1933, in Vienna, Austria


Karasz Frank Erwin

Corresponding members IX. Department of Technical Sciences

Academic titles:

  • Doctor of Science, professor emeritus

Membership in the Academy:

  • corresponding member – Department of Technical Sciences (1/30/1997 – …)

Curriculum Vitae

Frank Erwin Karasz is an American physical chemist, born in Vienna on July 23, 1933. He received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Imperial College, University of London, and his doctorate in Physical Chemistry from the University of Washington, Seattle. The University of London awarded him a D.Sc. in 1972. Professor Karasz has been at the University of Massachusetts since 1967, holding the rank of Distinguished University Professor since 1986 and Silvio O. Conte Distinguished
Professor of Polymer Science since 1992. He also served as Co-Director of the National Science Foundation-funded Materials Research Laboratory there from 1973 to 1985.

Karasz has served on many committees, review and editorial boards, etc., and has received a number of international and national awards. These include the Mettler Award in Thermal Analysis (1972), the High Polymer Physics Prize (co-recipient) of the American Physical Society (1984), the Research Award of the Society of Plastics Engineers (1985), and the Herman F. Mark Medal of the Austrian Research Institute (2002). He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1991 and is a member of three foreign engineering academies. Karasz has been active in many research areas in the physical chemistry of polymers and has received numerous research grants from government and private sources. He has authored or co-authored over five hundred and thirty scientific publications and several patents. He is editor-in-chief and founder of New polymeric Materials magazine.

He was elected as a correspondent member of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in 1997. He gave several lectures at the CASA Palace in the field of polymer synthesis and characterization. Prof. Karasz’s Institute was attended by a number of Croatian scientists in specialization, postgraduate studies or as visiting professors.

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