Curtis Clump joined the Lehigh faculty in 1955 was promoted to professor in 1965, chaired the chemical engineering department in 1969-70, and became associate dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences in 1975. In 1960, Clump and two of his colleagues published a highly regarded textbook titled "Principles of Unit Operations." According to John Chen, the Carl R. Anderson Professor of chemical engineering and a former chair of the department, this book helped bring world reknown to the chemical engineering department of Lehigh University.
Before coming to Lehigh Clump served as a first lieutenant with the 755th Squadron of the 458th Bomber Group of the U.S. Army's 2nd Air Division in World War II. He flew 31 sorties from June to September of 1944 as a navigator on a B-24 combat aircraft and received a Certificate of Valor. After the war, Clump received a B.S. and M.S. from Bucknell University, and, in 1954, a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Carnegie Institute of Technology.
Birth: May 27, 1923
Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania
Died: April 21, 2005
Degree: Chemical Engineering
Notable Achievement: Co-author of highly regarded textbook