Dr. Sol Weller earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Chicago and worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II.
Over the next two decades, he worked in chemical engineering, specializing in kinetics, coal liquefaction, the separation of gases by permeation, catalysts and standardization of catalyst- testing methods. He was responsible for several patents in his field.
In 1963, he joined the chemical engineering faculty at UB, where he taught until 1988.
While at UB, he held the C. C. Furnas Memorial Chair in Engineering in 1983. He also received two Fulbright Awards, the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1973, the Storch Award for coal research in 1981, Murphee Award for Industrial and Engineering Chemistry in 1982 and the Schoellkopf Medal in 1984.
Weller also taught and consulted in Spain, Turkey, England and Israel. He published numerous scientific papers, book chapters and encyclopedia entries during his career.