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J. David Hellums Academic Papers

Identifier: UA 0389
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Scope and Contents

These papers contain course materials, publications authored or co-authored by Dr. Hellums, and documents related to the academic and departmental activities of the Biomedical Engineering Laboratory and Chemical Engineering at Rice University.


  • 1960 - 2013

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the J. David Hellums academic papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Biographical Note

J. (Jesse) David Hellums was born on August 19, 1929 in Stamford, Texas and grew up in Rotan, Texas. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1960. He worked as a process engineer for Mobil Oil in Beaumont, Texas and served as a lieutenant in the United States Air Force from 1954-1956. He joined the faculty of Rice University as an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering in 1960. He became Associate Professor in 1965, Full Professor and Director of the Biomedical Engineering Laboratory in 1968, and then Chairman of the Department in 1969. He retired from Rice in 1998.

Hellums was one of the pioneers and founders of the Bioengineering Department at Rice in 1964. He had adjunct faculty appointments in the Departments of Medicine at both the Baylor and University of Texas Medical Schools. He served as an advisor to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and was the first engineer to receive the NIH Research Merit Award in 1986. In 1998 he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

He married Marilyn Biel Hellums in 1957 and had three children: Mark William, Jay David, and Robert James Hellums. Dr. Hellums died on June 26, 2016.


4 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Dr. J. David Hellums office in 2016.
Guide to the J. David Hellums Academic Papers, 1960-2013
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA