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Henry Eyring

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Dates

February 20, 1901 – December 26, 1981

Authorized Form of Name

Eyring, Henry, 1901-1981

Additional Forms of Names

Eyring, H. (Henry)

Biography

Abstract

Henry Eyring's main research focused on chemical kinetics and led to his development of the eponymous Eyring Transition State theory. He, along with Michael Polanyi, attempted to integrate quantum mechanics into the descriptions of chemical reactions.

Important Dates

February 20, 1901Born, Juarez (Chihuahua, Mexico).

1919Graduated from Gila Academy.

1923Obtained BS in Mining Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson (Ariz.).

1924Obtained MS in Metallurgy, University of Arizona, Tucson (Ariz.).

1924 – 1925Professor of Chemistry, University of Arizona, Tucson (Ariz.).

1925 – 1927Teaching Fellow, University of California, Berkeley.

1927Obtained PhD in Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley (Calif.).

1927 – 1928Instructor of Chemistry, University of Wisconsin.

1929 – 1930Research Fellow, Kaiser Wilhelm Institute (Kaiser Wilhelm Institut fur Chemie).

1930Instructor of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley.

1931 – 1946Research Associate with rank of Instructor of Chemistry (1931-1932); Research Associate with rank of Professor of Chemistry (1932-1936); Associate Professor of Chemistry (1936-1938); and Professor of Chemistry (1938-1946), Princeton University, Princeton (N.J.).

1945Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1946 – 1981Dean, Graduate School, University of Utah, Salt Lake City (Utah).

1949Awarded the Bingham Medal, Society of Rheology.

1949Vice President, Society of Rheology.

1951Awarded the Nichols Medal, American Chemical Society.

1963President, American Chemical Society.

1965President, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

December 26, 1981Death, Salt Lake City (Utah).

Occupation

Theoretical and physical chemist.

Places

Birth

Juarez (Chihuahua, Mexico)

Undergraduate Education

Tucson (Ariz.)

Graduate Education

Tucson (Ariz.)

Berkeley (Calif.)

Employment

Princeton (N.J.)

Salt Lake City (Utah)

Death

Salt Lake City (Utah)

Subjects

Chemical reactions.

Physical chemistry.

Quantum mechanics.

Rheology.

Relationships

People

Family

Bennion, Mildred

Wife.

Eyring, Edward M.

Son.

Eyring, Harden Romney

Son.

Eyring, Henry B., 1933-

Son.

Advisors & Collaborators

Daniels, Farrington, 1889-1972

Postdoc advisor at University of Wisconsin.

Gibson, G. E. (George Ernest),

PhD advisor at University of California, Berkeley in Chemistry.

Polanyi, Michael, 1891-1976

Collaborated to integrating quantum mechanics into the descriptions of chemical reactions.

Tobolsky, Arthur Victor

Advised by Eyring at Princeton University.

Additional

Hammett, Louis P. (Louis Plack), 1894-1987

Linshitz, Henry, 1919-

Löwdin, Per-Olov, 1916-2000

Panofsky, Wolfgang K. H. (Wolfgang Kurt Hermann), 1919-2007

Pearson, Gerald L. (Gerald Leondus)

Institutions

Major Positions

Kaiser Wilhelm Institut fur Chemie

Research Fellow.

Princeton University. Department of Chemistry

Research Associate with rank of Instructor of Chemistry; Research Associate with rank of Professor of Chemistry; Associate Professor of Chemistry; and Professor of Chemistry.

University of Arizona. Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering

Received BS in Mining Engineering (1923) and MS in Metallurgy (1924). Professor of Chemistry.

University of California, Berkeley. Department of Chemistry

Received PhD in Chemistry (1927). Teaching Fellow and Instructor of Chemistry.

University of Utah

Dean, Graduate School.

University of Wisconsin--Madison. Department of Chemistry

Instructor of Chemistry.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Association for the Advancement of Science

President.

American Chemical Society

President and recipient of the 1951 Nichols Medal.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

Society of Rheology (U.S.)

Vice President and recipient of the 1949 Bingham Award.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Henry Eyring papers, 1915-2010.

Marriott Library. Special Collections

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA

Subject

Oral history interview with Gerald Leondus Pearson, 1976 August 23 and 8 April 1980.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Henry Linshitz, 1988 February 23.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Louis Plack Hammett, 1978 May 1 and 22

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Per Olov Löwdin, 1975 January 27.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Wolfgang Hermann Panofsky, 1973 May 15 and 1974 March 6 and June 3.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Author

Basic chemical kinetics / H. Eyring, S.H. Lin, S.M. Lin.

Quantum chemistry / by Henry Eyring ... John Walter ... [and] George E. Kimball …

Statistical mechanics and dynamics / Henry Eyring [and others].

Subject

National Academy of Sciences Biographical Memoir - Henry Eyring.