Dr. William ‘Bill’ R. Graham, professor emeritus of materials science and engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, passed away July 15, 2009, from cancer. He was 70.
A native of Melbourne, Australia, Dr. Graham received a BS and an MS in physics from the University of Melbourne in 1959 and 1961, and a PhD from Oxford University in 1965.
He began his career as a research associate at Yale University, where he became assistant professor in 1968. He came to Penn in 1974 as associate professor, was awarded tenure in 1978 and became professor of materials science and engineering in 1986. He has also served as chair of the undergraduate program in materials science and engineering. Dr. Graham retired in 2008 but continued to teach until he became ill.
Dr. Graham built a scholarly research record in geometric, electronic, and vibrational structure and properties of surfaces and thin-film interface systems. He received many awards including the S. Reid Warren Jr. Award for Distinguished Teaching, the UPS Foundation Distinguished Educator Term Chair, the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Ford Motor Company Award for Faculty Advising.
Dr. Graham is survived by his two daughters, Alison and Elizabeth; a sister; and a brother.
Memorial donations may be made to the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center, Penn Medicine Office of Development, 3535 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.