Franz Brotzen was the Stanley C. Moore Professor Emeritus of Materials Science at Rice University. Born in Berlin in 1915, Brotzen came to Rice in 1954, founding the Materials Science program. He taught until 2009 and passed away a year later. Brotzen was a prolific researcher who made important contributions to his field, and his impact on campus life at Rice was enormous. He received four George R. Brown awards for excellence in teaching, the Mentor Recognition Award from the Rice Student Association in 1987, and the Gold Medal from the Rice Alumni Association in 1989. A great world traveller, he and wife, Frances, established the Brotzen Summer Travel Award for students interested in studying abroad. He was a former Dean of Engineering and former Master of both Jones and Brown colleges.