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Herbert H. Uhlig papers

Identifier: MC-0540

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Scope and Contents

The collection documents the activities of Herbert Uhlig spanning the years of approximately 1940 to 1975.

Materials include: correspondence, journals, notebooks, audiotapes, and slides.


  • Creation: circa 1940-1975


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Biographical Note

Herbert H. Uhlig, 1907-1993, was a professor emeritus of metallurgy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received a BS in chemistry from Brown University in 1929, and in 1932, a PhD from MIT in physical chemistry. He began working at MIT in 1936 as a research associate in the Corrosion Laboratory. He left MIT during World War II and worked at the Research Laboratory of the General Electric Company in Schenectady, New York. He returned to MIT in 1946 as professor of metallurgy and director of the Corrosion Laboratory, a position he stayed in for 29 years. He retired in 1972. The laboratory was renamed the H. H. Uhlig Corrosion Laboratory in 1982. (1)

Other accomplishments include: -helping to establish the Corrosion Division of the Electrochemical Society (ECS) in 1942 -serving as vice president of ECS in 1952 and president in 1955 to 1956 -publishing the Corrosion Handbook in 1948 (2) -serving as president of the international Thoreau Society and of the Rumford Historical Society in Woburn, Massachusetts. (3)

Uhlig’s research focused on “corrosion and electrochemistry with particular emphasis on fundamental studies of passivity, metal surface properties, and the chemical and metallurgical behavior of corrosion resistant alloys.” (4)

1. The Electrochemical Society (ECS). “Herbert H. Uhlig.” Accessed June 29, 2020.

2. MIT, H. H. Uhlig Corrosion Laboratory. “Herbert H. Uhlig.” Accessed June 29, 2020.

3. Lambert, Bruce. “Herbert Uhlig, 86, Teacher and Expert On Metal Corrosion,” The New York Times, July 24, 1993. Accessed June 29, 2020.

4. ECS. “Herbert H. Uhlig.” Accessed June 29, 2020.


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Revision Statements

  • 2020 July 15: Biographical note by Greta Kuriger Suiter added.
  • 2021 August 6: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.

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