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I. Prigogine

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Dates

January 25, 1917 – May 28, 2003

Authorized Form of Name

Prigogine, I. (Prigogine)

Additional Forms of Names

Prigogine, Ilya (Ilya Romanovič), 1917-2003

Prigogine, Iyla

Prigozhin, I. (Ilʹi︠a︡)

Prigozhin, Ilʹi︠a︡ Romanovich

Пригожин, И. P., 1917-2003

Biography

Abstract

Ilya Prigogine won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1977 "for his contributions to non-equilibrium thermodynamics, particularly the theory of dissipative structures." He was an influential figure in the fields of chemistry and philosophy, and is now called the "grandfather of chaos theory." He held positions at the Free University of Brussels and the University of Texas, Austin for the majority of his career as a scientist.

Important Dates

January 25, 1917Birth, Moscow (Russia).

1939Obtained BSc in Chemistry and Physics, Free University of Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Brussels (Belgium).

1941Obtained PhD in Chemical Sciences, Free University of Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Brussels (Belgium).

1947 – 1959Professor of Chemistry, Free University of Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles), Brussels (Belgium).

1949Obtained Belgian citizenship.

1959Director, International Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Solvay, Belgium.

1959 – 1967Regental Professor; Ashbel Smith Professor of Physics and Chemical Engineering; and Cofounder and Director, Center for Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics (1967), University of Texas, Austin, Austin (Tex.).

1960Honorary Foreign Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

1961 – 1966Affiliated with Enrico Fermi Institute, University of Chicago.

1967Member, Royal Society of Sciences (Kungl. Svenska vetenskapsakademien).

1967Foreign Associate, National Academy of Sciences.

1970Corresponding Member, Physics and Mathematics of the Academy of Sciences of Gottingen (Akademie der Wissenschaften in Göttingen).

1970President, International Council for Scientific Development.

1971Honorary Member, Chemical Society of Poland (Polskie Towarzystwo Chemiczne).

1973Member, International Academy of Philosophy of Science.

1976Awarded the Rumford Medal, Royal Society.

1977Awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his contributions to non-equilibrium thermodynamics, particularly the theory of dissipative structures".

1979Foreign Fellow, Indian National Science Academy.

1980Member and Vice President, European Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters (Académie Européenne des Sciences, des Arts et des Lettres).

1982Member, Honorary Committee of Archives of Psychology, Geneva University (Université de Genève).

1989Titled Viscount by King Baudouin I of Belgium.

1993Awarded Medal of the Ville de Milan.

1993Awarded Medal of the Ville de Trieste.

1997President, Ilya Prigogine Seminar "Pensar la Science," Free University of Brussels (Université Libre de Bruxelles).

1997Awarded Medal of Ibaraki University.

1999Honorary Director, International Institute for Research, Universidad del Salvador.

May 28, 2003Death, Brussels (Belgium).

Occupation

Physical chemist.

Places

Birth

Moscow (Russia)

Undergraduate Education

Brussels (Belgium)

Graduate Education

Brussels (Belgium)

Employment

Brussels (Belgium)

Austin (Tex.)

Death

Brussels (Belgium)

Subjects

Physical chemistry.

Thermochemistry.

Thermodynamics.

Relationships

People

Family

Prigogine, Alexander

Brother.

Prigogine, Pascal

Son.

Prigogine, Roman

Father.

Prigogine, Yves

Son.

Prokopowicz, Marina

Wife, married 1961.

Advisors & Collaborators

Andrews, Frank C.

Advised by Prigogine at Free University of Brussels.

Balescu, Radu

Advised by Prigogine at Free University of Brussels.

Berne, Bruce J., 1940-

Advised by Prigogine at Free University of Brussels.

Brenig, Léon

Advised by Prigogine at Free University of Brussels.

Brout, R. (Robert)

Advised by Prigogine at Free University of Brussels.

Davis, H. Ted (Howard Ted)

Advised by Prigogine at Free University of Brussels.

De Donder, Théophile, 1872-1957

Advisor at Free University of Brussels.

Destexhe, Alain

Advised by Prigogine at Free University of Brussels.

Glansdorff, P.

Collaborated on books, "Structure, stabilité, et fluctuations," and "Thermodynamic theory of structure, stability and fluctuations."

Grecos, Alkis P.

Advised by Prigogine at Free University of Brussels.

Jeener, Jean L. C.

Advised by Prigogine at Free University of Brussels.

Klopman, Gilles, 1933-

Advised by Prigogine at Free University of Brussels.

Kozak, John J.

Advised by Prigogine at Free University of Brussels.

Lavenda, Bernard H.

Advised by Prigogine at Free University of Brussels.

Lefever, René 1943-

Advised by Prigogine at Free University of Brussels.

Light, John C., 1934-

Advised by Prigogine at Free University of Brussels.

Muga, Juan Gonzalo, 1961-

Advised by Prigogine at Free University of Brussels.

Nicolis, G., 1939-

Advised by Prigogine at Free University of Brussels.

Reichl, Linda E. 1942-

Advised by Prigogine at Free University of Brussels.

Résibois, Pierre M. V.

Advised by Prigogine at Free University of Brussels.

Rice, Stuart Alan, 1932-

Collaborated on multi-volume book, "Advances in Chemical Physics."

Schechter, R. S.

Collaborated on "Thermal Diffusion and Convective Stability," University of Texas, Austin.

Stecki, Jan.

Advised by Prigogine at Free University of Brussels.

Stengers, Isabelle

Collaborated on books, "Order Out of Chaos : Man's New Dialogue with Nature," and "The End of Certainty : Time, Chaos, and the New Laws of Nature."

Taylor, Howard S.

Advised by Prigogine at Free University of Brussels.

Timmermans, Jean, 1882-

Advisor at Free University of Brussels.

Trappeniers, N. J.

Advised by Prigogine at Free University of Brussels.

Additional

Tamm, I. E. (Igor' Evgen'evich), 1895-1971

Institutions

Major Positions

Instituts Solvay

Director, International Institute of Physics and Chemistry.

Universite Libre de Bruxelles

Received BSc (1939) and PhD (1941). Professor of Chemistry and President, Ilya Prigogine Seminar "Pensar la Science".

University of Texas at Austin

Regental Professor; Ashbel Smith Professor of Physics and Chemical Engineering; and Cofounder and Director, Center for Statistical Mechanics and Thermodynamics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Académie internationale de philosophie des sciences

Member.

Akademie der Wissenschaften in Göttingen

Corresponding Member.

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Honorary Foreign Member.

Enrico Fermi Institute

Affiliated with the institute.

European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities

Member and Vice-President.

Ibaraki Daigaku

Awarded Medal of Ibaraki University (1997).

Indian Academy of Sciences

Foreign Fellow.

International Academy of Science, Munich

President.

Kungl. Svenska vetenskapsakademien

Member.

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Foreign Associate.

Polskie Towarzystwo Chemiczne

Honorary Member.

Royal Society (Great Britain)

Awarded Rumford Medal (1976).

Universidad del Salvador

Honorary Director, International Institute for Research.

Université de Genève

Member, Honorary Committee of Archives of Psychology.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Ilya Prigogine papers, 1977-1980.

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

University of Texas at Austin

P.O. Drawer 7219, Austin, TX 78713-7219, USA

Subject

Biographical files of honorary members, 1964-ongoing.

Academia de Ciencias

Instituto de Chile

Almirante Montt 454, Santiago, Chile.

Igor E. Tamm papers, 1921-1971.

In private hands

Moscow

Published Resources

Author

Advances in chemical physics / edited by I. Prigogine and Stuart A. Rice.

Advances in chemical physics. Vol. 17, edited by I. Prigogine and Stuart A. Rice.

Advances in chemical physics. Vol. 19, edited by I. Prigogine and Stuart A. Rice.

Advances in chemical physics. Vol. 36, edited by I. Prigogine and Stuart A. Rice.

Advances in chemical physics. Vol. 38, For Ilya Prigogine / edited by Stuart A. Rice.

Advances in chemical physics. Volume XLVIII / edited by I. Prigogine and Stuart A. Rice.

Aspects of the study of surfaces. Edited by I. Prigogine and Stuart A. Rice.

Chaotic dynamics and transport in fluids and plasmas / I. Prigogine, editor-in-chief.

Étude thermodynamique des phénomènes irréversibles.

Exploring complexity : an introduction / Grégoire Nicolis, Ilya Prigogine.

Introduction to thermodynamics of irreversible processes.

Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics.

Non-equilibrium thermodynamics; variational techniques and stability. Edited by Russell J. Donnelly, Robert Herman [and] Ilya Prigogine.

Order out of chaos :man's new dialogue with nature / Ilya Prigogine and Isabelle Stengers ; forware by ALvin Toffler.

The end of certainty : time's flow and the laws of nature / Ilya Prigogine ; in collaboration with I. Stengers.

Subject

Encyclopedia Britannica - Ilya Prigogine.

Ilya Prigogine Nobel Prize biography.

Ilya Prigogine Physics Today obituary.

The Guardian: Higher Education: Ilya Prigogine: Nobel prizewinning scientist renowned as the 'grandfather of chaos theory.'