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Obituary: William B. Hillig

by Linda Wang
November 20, 2017 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 95, ISSUE 46

William B. Hillig, 93, died on Sept. 17 in Ballston Lake, N.Y.

“Bill worked on the Manhattan Project and was at Bikini for Operation Crossroads. He was a research scientist at GE for 37 years, with 12 patents and more than 70 papers on crystal growth, fracture propagation in brittle materials, high-temperature ceramics and composites, and composite biomaterials. After retirement, he spent a year in Germany as an Alexander von Humboldt fellow, then joined the materials science department at RPI. A 67-year member of ACS, he also joined the Materials Research Society, was a fellow of the American Ceramic Society and AAAS, and a founding member of the German Composites Society.”—Kurt W. Hillig II, son

Most recent title: research professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Education: B.S., chemistry, 1944, and Ph.D., physical chemistry, 1953, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Survivors: wife, Beth; daughter, Christine McKeen; sons, Kurt and Karl; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren

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