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Rustum Roy

Rustum Roy (born July 3, 1924) is a materials scientist, science policy analyst, advocate of interdisciplinary education and alternative medicine, and science and religion. Roy holds professorships in materials science at Arizona State University and in medicine at the University of Arizona, as well as emeritus honors at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) in three fields.


Education and career

Roy was born, and received both BS and MS degrees in chemistry in India. He earned a Ph.D. in ceramics at Penn State in 1948, and became an American citizen in 1961. He had a long career at Penn State in geochemistry and materials science. He founded the Materials Science Laboratory at Penn State and authored hundreds of technical papers. Roy is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. His recent work has been on uses of water for homeopathy.

Other activities

Roy served as a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (1980–85) and Senior Policy Fellow at the Brookings Institution (1982–83). He was on the Planning and Strategy Committee of the National Council of Churches from 1964–70. He works with Andrew Weil's program in integrative medicine and whole person healing at the University of Arizona.


  • with coauthor Della Roy, Honest Sex (1969), Signet Press, Author's Choice Press 2003 reprint: ISBN 0-59527213-4
  • (contributor), Materials Science and Engineering in the United States: Proceedings (1970) Penn State U. Press ISBN 0-27100101-1
  • Experimenting With Truth: The Fusion of Religion With Technology Needed for Humanity's Survival (1980), Pergamon Press, ISBN 0-08025820-4, the 1979 Hibbert Lectures
  • Radioactive Waste (1982), Pergamon Press, ISBN 0-08027541-9
  • Lost at the Frontier: U.S. Science and Technology Policy Adrift (1985), ISI Press, ISBN 0-89495042-8
  • (co-editor), Materials Science and Engineering Serving Society (1998), Elsevier Science, ISBN 0-44482793-5
  • (editor), The Interdisciplinary Imperative: Interactive Research and Education, Still an Elusive Goal in Academia (2000), Writers Club Press, ISBN 0-59501179-9
  • Science of Whole Person Healing: Proceedings of the First Interdisciplinary International Conference (2003), iUniverse, ISBN 0-59530153-3


  • Phoebe Forrest Link, Passionate Realist: Rustum Roy In Our Life And Time (1994), Cricklewood Press, ISBN 0-96430770-7
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