Warren L. McCabe

Warren Lee McCabe (August 7, 1899 – August 24, 1982) was an American Physical Chemist and is considered as one of the founding fathers of the profession of chemical engineering.[1] He is widely known for the eponymous McCabe–Thiele method for analysis of distillation processes and his book, Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering, a major textbook.[2]

Warren Lee McCabe
Born(1899-08-07)August 7, 1899
DiedAugust 24, 1982(1982-08-24) (aged 83)
NationalityUnited States
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Known forMcCabe–Thiele method
AwardsWilliam H. Walker Award
Founder's Award
Warren K. Lewis Award

U.S. Presidential Certificate of Merit
Golden Key Award
Scientific career
FieldsChemical engineering


  1. ^ Memorial Tributes: National Academy of Engineering. 2. The National Academies Press. 1984. p. 193. ISBN 978-0-309-03482-1.
  2. ^ "Seminars: Warren L. McCabe". Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, North Carolina State University. Retrieved 3 February 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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