Papers of Costandi Amin Audeh, b 1932, chemistry graduate, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Certificates of education 1948-1955
  • Photographs 1952-1955
  • Certified copies of 95 patents issued by the Office of Trademarks and Patents of the United States 1973- 1996

Administrative / Biographical History

Costandi Amin Audeh was born in Nazareth, Palestine in August 1932  . Having attended the Missionary Societies' boarding school, the Bishop Gobat School in Jerusalem, he then continued his education at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon with the intention of pursuing medical studies, as his father and brother had done. Costandi's interest was in fact chemistry, and to that end he applied to the University of Glasgow , Scotland to undertake a degree in this desired subject. A full entrance examination was required by Glasgow, which he duly passed and started Glasgow University's four year BSc course in Applied Chemistry, concurrently taking the Royal College of Science and Technology's course ARTC in Technical Chemistry. Having completed his degrees in 1955  , he secured a research position with the British Rubber Producers' Research Association based in Hertfordshire. In 1958, Costandi returned to the Middle East to work for the Kuwait Oil Company, then owned by British Petroleum and Gulf Oil Corporation. After a period of four years during which he married Margaret Clark, a teacher from Yorkshire, he was transferred to Gulf Oil's headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; his mission was to write a handbook about all aspects of Kuwaiti Crude Oil. He and his wife emigrated to the United States in 1962. His application to the Gulf Research and Development Corporation for educational leave of absence in 1967 was granted, so he returned to the U.K. to study for a D.Phil. in Physical Organic Chemistry at the University of York, accompanied by his wife and two sons. Costandi successfully completed his degree in 1970  , but following his return to America, he then secured employment with Mobil Research and Development Corporation in the Technology Department. His assignment was to develop generalised algorithms to predict the properties of the various commercially obtained refinery products on the properties of small distillate fractions obtained from crude oil by distillation in the laboratory. He retired from Mobil Oil in 1993  , during which time his research, in collaboration with others, attracted sufficient interest for Mobil to approve filing applications for patents with the US Patents and Trademarks Office.


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Acquisition Information

Deposit : Costandi Audeh : June 2006 : ACCN2933

Other Finding Aids

digital file level list available in searchroom

Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)) and London (NRA)

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

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Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents

Intellectual property for the patents is owned by Exxonmobil Corporation

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures

Custodial History

In the custody of Costandi Audeh before deposit with GUAS.


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Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Fonds level description compiled by Elva McLean, Volunteer, 26 July 2006