Emeritus Professor of Colloid Science
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Residence: 2194 Tibbits Avenue, Troy, N.Y. 12180
Telephone: 518-271-7157
FAX: 518-274-6216

Professor Ross taught at R.P.I. from 1948 until 1980, when his tenure expired. He continued his research program for another ten years, when he surrendered his laboratory and bade farewell to his last post-doc and collaborator, Dr Erik Bock, now at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

At the 69th Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, held at Salt Lake City in June 1995, Professor Ross was honored by a Symposium in his name, organized by his former graduate students. At that time an endowed Sydney Ross Lectureship on Colloid and Surface Chemistry was established at R.P.I. with funds raised by his former students, colleagues, and friends.

Ross continues his library researches on the history of science, which include his recent collected essays on the subject, Nineteenth Century Attitudes: Men of Science [Kluwer, 1991]. The activities of these later years is the furtherance of the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation, which he created in Scotland in 1977 and of which he is the Permanent Chairman, and the compiling of the Catalogue of the Libraries of Sir William Herschel, Kt. and Sir John F.W. Herschel, Bart.