Fall 2007 (Volume 2, Number 2)
APS and Yale University Honor J. Willard Gibbs
Photo by Michael Marsland/Yale University Office of Public Affairs
The APS Historic Sites Committee recently celebrated the work of the late J. Willard Gibbs (pictured on easel), who served as professor of mathematical physics at Yale University from 1871 until his death in 1903.
During his tenure at Yale, Gibbs made fundamental contributions to thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, two areas of classical physics. To mark the occasion, members of the Yale Physics Department and guests gathered in Sloane Physics Laboratory to celebrate. Two years ago, the committee chose Yale as a historic physics site and noted Gibbs’ contribution to the physics field during its selection process.
Standing left to right: Yale Physics Chair R. Shankar; APS Editor-in-Chief Gene Sprouse; and Yale Provost Andrew D. Hamilton, who is explaining the impact that Gibbs had on Yale and on science. Listening intently is the Chair of the APS Historic Sites Committee, John Rigden (seated at left).
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