The Critical Points of Phase Transformations

The Critical Points of Phase Transformations


Benjamin Widom


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(This information was taken from the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series Program 1984-1985).

Dr. Widom is professor of chemistry at Cornell University. Born in Newark, New Jersey, he received the B.A. degree from Columbia University and the Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1953. Prior to his appointment at Cornell, Dr. Widom taught and did research in chemistry at the University of Carolina from 1952 to 1963. He has held several fellowships, including Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships at the University of Amsterdam, and he was appointed a National Science Foundation Senior Fellow in 1965. Other awards include the Boris Pregel A ward for Research of the New York Academy of Sciences and the American Chemical Society's Award in Chemical Physics. He has been the van der Waals Professor at the University of Amsterdam; the IBM Visiting Professor at Oxford University; a visiting professor of chemistry at Harvard; the Firth Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield; and in the coming year, the Lorentz Professor at the University of Leiden. He has served as distinguished visiting lecturer at Brown University, the University of North Carolina, and the Royal Society of Chemistry. Dr. Widom has served on a number of editorial and advisory boards for such professional journals as the Journal of Chemical Physics and Molecular Physics. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He recently served as chairman of the Subdivision of Theoretical Chemistry for the American Chemical Society.

His Work: The focus of Dr. Widom's research has been on phase transitions and statistical mechanics.

His Lecture: March 23, 1985: "The Critical Points of Phase Transformations"


Physical Chemistry

Creation Date

March 23, 1985

The Critical Points of Phase Transformations