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Martin Victor Sussman Papers

Call Number: MS203

Scope and Contents

This collection contains biographical information on Martin Victor Sussman, as well as reprints of some publications. It also contains two mounted pieces of artwork created in response to his development of an engine that ran on salt water. The collection documents Sussman's activities as professor in the Tufts University Chemical Engineering Department.


  • Creation: 1964 -- 1973



This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. No documentation is available regarding the intellectual property rights in this collection.

Biographical / Historical

M.V. Sussman (1926-2005) was a professor in the Chemical Engineering Department for 37 years and a Professor Emeritus following his retirement. He was chairman of the Tufts Chemical Engineering Department for ten years, during which programs leading to the MS and PhD degree were introduced and the faculty size doubled.

Martin Victor Sussman was grew up in New York City, and at the age of 19, he received an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the City College of New York. He earned the doctorate in chemical engineering from Columbia University. He was a fellow of both the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and American Institute of Chemists, and was a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Massachusetts.

Sussman was the author of two books on thermodynamics, an American Chemical Society Audio Course on "Availability Analysis," and numerous technical articles. His research interests focused on fiber technology, biotechnology and separation processes. Sussman held more than 20 patents that cover, among other inventions, the "Incremental Draw Process"™ that has been used to manufacture millions of pounds of synthetic fibers, and the "Fibra-Cel"™ tissue culture matrix used in the production of interferon and interleukin.

Sussman held visiting appointments at the Weitzman Institute (Israel); MIT; Exeter, Canterbury, and Cambridge Universities (England); the University of Capetown (South Africa); and ITT-Kanpur and the Birla Institute of Technology (India). Between 1958 and 1961, Martin and a Turkish colleague established the first modern chemical engineering department in Turkey, at Robert College (now Bogazici University) in Istanbul.

Sussman was a veteran of World War II, and he was a Licensed Marine Engineer with the US Maritime Service-Coast Guard.

He was married to Jeanne (Fowler) Sussman with whom he had three children: Ann, Eve, and David,


0.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is organized into one series.

Custodial History

Materials were originally accepted by Jo-Ann Michalak, Director of Tisch Library, in 1999. At that time, Archives Director Greg Colati declined the materials for the Archives. At the time of Michalak's retirement in 2011, the materials were still in the Tisch Administrative area and they were transferred to DCA along with Michalak's records. After multiple discussions within the DCA, Veronica Martzahl, Records Archivist, decided to reappraise the materials and create a Sussman collection. The Vertical File for Sussman was also added at the time of the collection's creation.

Processing status

This collection is processed.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

35 Professors Row
Tisch Library Building
Tufts University
Medford Massachusetts 02155 United States