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Ralph Landau

Born: May 19, 1916

Death: Apr 5, 2004

Nationality: United States

Ralph Landau

Date of Birth : May 19, 1916
Date of Death : Apr 5, 2004

Ralph Landau was a chemical engineer and entrepreneur active in the chemical and petrochemical industries. He is considered one of the top fifty foundational chemical engineers of the first half of the 20th century, and one of the 75 most distinguished contributors to chemical enterprise. He has published extensively on chemical engineering and holds a significant number of patents. In his 60s, he began a productive second career in economics at Stanford and Harvard Universities, examining economic theory, economic history and the application of technology in the chemical industry. His economic work focuses on understanding the political and economic environment necessary to encourage technological innovation. He has published more than 143 papers and nine books.

Awards Won


  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation
  • John Fritz Medal
  • Perkin Medal
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