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Jack B. Howard papers

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Identifier: MC-0648

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials related to Jack B. Howard’s career at MIT, including correspondence, research papers, reports, memos, video cassettes, course materials and published articles.


  • Creation: circa 1970-2003


Language of Materials

The material is primarily in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

Access to collections in the Department of Distinctive Collections is not authorization to publish. Please see the MIT Libraries Permissions Policy for permission information. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the donor of the collection or MIT.

Biographical Note

Jack B. Howard (1937 - 2008) received a BS in 1960 and an MS in 1961 from the University of Kentucky as well as a PhD in 1965 from Pennsylvania State University. After earning his doctorate, Howard came to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he held positions as assistant, associate, and full professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and served as the department’s executive officer from 1979 to 1981.

He was named the first holder of the Hoyt C. Hottel Chair of Chemical Engineering in 1995; appointed director for MIT’s Center for Airborne Organics in 1996; and became a professor emeritus in 2002.

Howard worked with the manufacture of nanostructured carbon materials. His research focused on high temperature chemistry, especially mechanisms and kinetics of reactions in combustion. He was the author or co-author of more than 200 scientific papers and holds 15 patents for his work.

Howard received numerous awards during his career at MIT, including being named to the University of Kentucky’s Engineering Hall of Distinction. He won the Bernard Lewis Gold Medal from the Combustion Institute in 1992 and the Henry H. Storch Award from the American Chemical Society in 1983.



9.6 Cubic Feet (9 record cartons, 2 manuscript boxes)

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.

Processing Information note

Some collection descriptions are based on legacy data and may be incomplete or contain inaccuracies. Description may change pending verification. Please contact the MIT Department of Distinctive Collections if you notice any errors or discrepancies.

Preliminary Inventory to the Papers of Jack B. Howard
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 July 5: Edited by Lana Mason to remove aggrandizing terms in the biographical note description.

Repository Details

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