William H. Stewart, Jr

William Hogue (Bill) Stewart, Jr.
Milliken Research Corporation, 1998 Millson Award winner

The Henry E. Milson Award for Invention was established in 1979 to recognize outstanding contributions to textile wet processing technology.

A native of Nichols, SC, Stewart received his BS Electrical Engineering in 1959 from the Citadel, an MS in 1961 from the University of Cincinnati and a PhD in 1964 from Clemson University.  In 196, he joined the Lewis Research Center, NASA as a physicist.  He joined the Deering Milliken Research Corporation as a physicist in 1966.

Wm. H. (Bill) Stewart, Jr.
1998 Millson Award

He brought computer ink jet printing to the textile industry with the introduction of advanced machinery and process innovation.  The Millitron ink jet printing system can produce a vast array of patterned broadloom carpets, carpet tiles, and area rugs for commercial, hospitality and residential markets.  Stewart and the Milliken team showed cross-functional expertise at high skill levels in chemistry, electronics, computing, machine design, and broad scope textile technology.  He also applied his expertise to several machines that produce carpet products that have attracted many gold medal design awards including those presented by the Institute of Business Design, the NEOCON Contract Interiors Exhibition, the UK International Contract Floors Exhibition and International Facility Managers Associates as well as awards from fiber producers DuPont and Monsanto.


  1. William H. Stewart, Jr., Millson Award, Textile Chemist and Colorist, Vol. 30, No. 8,August 1998, p60.
  2. USP 3942342  (1976) with Norman E. Klein, Apparatus for Dyeing and Printing Materials.