1973 Howard Reiss, UCLA

1973 Richard C. Tolman Medal Recipient
Howard Reiss
University of California, Los Angeles

Howard Reiss was born in the Bronx, New York on April 5, 1922. He was educated at the DeWitt Clinton High School, was graduated magna cum laude in chemistry from New York University in 1943, and received his Ph.D., again in chemistry, from Columbia University in 1949.

In 1952, Dr. Reiss joined the technical staff of Bell Laboratories, where he remained until 1960 when he accepted the position of Associate Director of Research at Atomics International. He subsequently became Director of Research in 1961. He was selected to organize and direct the establishment of the North American Aviation Science Center (located in Thousand Oaks, California) in 1961. From its inception in 1962 until 1967, when he was appointed Corporate Vice President for Research, Dr. Reiss served as the Center’s President and Director.

He joined the faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles in 1968.

He is the author of over 70 technical publications in the areas of nucleation phenomena, solid state chemistry, statistical mechanics, semi-conductor physics, thermodynamics, and information theory. His book, The Methods of Thermodynamics, was published in 1965. He has also published in the areas of research management and the role of the scientist in industry. In addition, he is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Statistical Physics and Chairman of the Editorial Advisory Board of the book series, Progress in Solid State Chemistry.

Dr. Reiss is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Other memberships include the American Chemical Society, the Scientific Research Society of America, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the American Association of University Professors.


Fourteenth Richard C. Tolman Award Meeting
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Regency Ballroom,
Monday, April 1, 1974

Dinner cost is $9.00 per person. For Reservations, call Betty at 469-7278 before Thursday noon, March 28.

This dinner meeting was held during the 167th National Meeting at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Yorty Hall B, March 31 through April 5, 1974.


Professor Reiss passed away on Dec. 21, 2015. For his obituary and biography of his life, please see the UCLA Newroom site.