Börje Steenberg (1912-)
2001 Paper Industry International Hall of Fame Inductee
Royal Institute of Technology
In his academic and industry career activities, Dr. Steenberg covered all aspects of papermaking research and development, from the forest to finished paper and wood products. He was consulted on the building of more than 20 paper machines He developed the concept of “paper as a visco-elastic body,” which not only led to an understanding of the physical properties of paper but also to means of controlling these properties when paper is being made. He also developed a screening theory and screening system designs which have been applied worldwide to improve quality and lower the cost of cleaned stock.
Dr. Steenberg is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences and the Royal Academy of Forestry and Agriculture; a member of the Finnish Academy of Engineering Sciences; the Italian Academy of Forestry; International Academy of Wood Science; New York Academy of Sciences; 50 year member of ASC; TAPPI; PAPTAC; and SPCI. He was secretary from 1953 to 1959 of IUPAC division, Paper and Board; and served as chair and advisor to a number of FAO conferences (United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization).
He has written more than 120 publications and has given formal papers at numerous conferences worldwide. He holds several patents relating to the paper industry. His honors include the TAPPI Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal; SPCI Ekman Medal, Sweden; Mitscherlich Medal, Germany; and he was given an honorary doctorate of forest science in Sweden. Equally impressive, four of his former students have been awarded the TAPPI Gunnar Nicholson Gold Medal: Stockman, 1985; Bergstrom, 1991; Wahlstrom, 1992; and Wahren, 1998.
Dr. Steenberg married Dr. Elisa Hald on October 15, 1940. They have two children, Kjell and Ann.