1907-1959

John Gamble Kirkwood

Location: Basement Floor, East Wing, South Wall, Sequence 1

Source: Chemical Heritage Foundation

Sponsor: Robert I. Cukier


Kirkwood was one of the outstanding physical chemists and theoreticians of his time. He correlated the thermodynamic properties of matter with the potential of intermolecular forces using statistical mechanics. He also did theoretical studies on dielectric behavior, irreversible processes in solutions of macromolecules, electrolytic and nonelectrolytic solutions, cooperative phenomena, and optical rotation. In later years, he carried out fundamental studies on the statistical mechanical theory of transport processes. During his career, he was on the faculties at Cornell, Chicago, Caltech and Yale.