Emeritus Professor of Colloid Science
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Residence: 2194 Tibbits Avenue, Troy, N.Y. 12180
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
Ross continues his library researches on the history of
science, which include his recent collected essays on the
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.