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William F. Giauque

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Dates

May 12, 1895 – March 28, 1982

Authorized Form of Name

Giauque, William F. (William Francis), 1895-1982

Biography

Abstract

William Francis Giauque was Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley (1920-1982). His research interests included the third law of thermodynamics and entropy.

Important Dates

May 12, 1895Birth, Niagara Falls (Ont.).

1920Obtained BS, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley (Calif.).

1922Obtained PhD in Physical Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley (Calif.).

1922 – 1982Instructor to Associate Professor of Chemistry (1922-1934); Professor of Chemistry (1934-1962); and Emeritus Professor of Chemistry (1962-1982), University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley (Calif.).

1936Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1949Awarded Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his contributions in the field of chemical thermodynamics, particularly concerning the behaviour of substances at extremely low temperatures".

March 28, 1982Death, Berkeley (Calif.).

Occupation

Physical chemist.

Places

Birth

Niagara Falls (Ont.)

Undergraduate Education

Berkeley (Calif.)

Graduate Education

Berkeley (Calif.)

Employment

Berkeley (Calif.)

Death

Berkeley (Calif.)

Subjects

Entropy.

Magnetism.

Physical chemistry.

Third law of thermodynamics.

Relationships

People

Family

Giauque, Muriel Francis Ashley

Wife, married 1932.

Giauque, Robert David Ashley

Son.

Giauque, William Francis Ashley

Son.

Advisors & Collaborators

Gibson, G. E. (George Ernest),

PhD advisor at University of California, Berkeley on the heat capacity of glycerol.

Colleagues

Alder, B. J.

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Lee, Yuan Tseh, 1936-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Mayer, Joseph Edward, 1904-

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Perlman, Isadore

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Rice, Oscar Knefler, 1903-1978

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Seaborg, Glenn T. (Glenn Theodore), 1912-1999

Both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Shirley, David Arthur, 1934-

Advised by Giauque at University of California, Berkeley, "The heat capacities and entropies of iodine and lithium chloride from 15 to 325 degrees Kelvin," and both employed at University of California, Berkeley.

Additional

Kurti, Nicholas

Purcell, Edward M.

Stout, John Willard, 1912-

Institutions

Major Positions

University of California, Berkeley. Department of Chemistry

Obtained BS (1920) and PhD in Physical Chemistry (1922). Instructor to Associate Professor of Chemistry; Professor of Chemistry; and Emeritus Professor of Chemistry.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

Resources

Archival Resources

Subject

John Willard Stout intellectual autobiography, 1965.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Edward Mills Purcell, 1977 June 8 and 14.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Nicholas Kurti, 1968 September 11 and 1972 November 22.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

Low temperature, chemical, and magneto thermodynamics; the scientific papers of William F. Giauque.

Temperatures below 1 absolute / by William Francis Giauque.

Subject

"William Francis Giauque: 1895-1982", Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences

Nobel Prize Biography