About The Society of Rheology
Rheology, a branch of mechanics, is the study of those properties of materials which determine their response to mechanical force. The word rheology was
coined in the 1920's to represent the science of the deformation and flow of matter, and The Society of Rheology was officially formed on December 19, 1929.
Meetings of The Society have been held at least annually since that time. The Society has sponsored publication of technical and scientific papers in this field in
various journals, currently in its own Journal of Rheology.
Rheology enters in some form into almost every study of material properties, and many physicists, chemists, engineers, biologists and mathematicians find a common meeting ground
in the Society's meetings and publications. It is a small society compared to many others, membership currently being about 1,400. The membership represents a wide spectrum of
individuals from academic, industrial, and governmental institutions whose activities include both phenomenological and molecular theories, instrumentation, the study of many
types of materials such as polymers, metals, petroleum products, rubber, paint, printing ink, ceramics and glass, foods, biological materials, floor preparations and cosmetics,
and a wide range of practical applications.
The Society of Rheology is one of the five founding members of the American Institute of Physics.
By virtue of this affiliation, all Members of The Society receive the Institute's monthly publication
Physics Today without extra charge, and join with other physicists
in sponsoring the many general activities of the Institute including publication, translation, manpower studies, and projects on the history of physics. The Society
is also affiliated with the U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics.
The Society is also a member of The International Committee on Rheology,
which organizes the International Congress on Rheology, held every four years.