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A biography of distinguished scientist Gilbert Newton Lewis
Lewis, Edward S., 1920-
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Lewiston, N.Y. : Edwin Mellen Press, 1998.
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iii, 119 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Lewis (1875-1946) was a chemist and scientist of considerable distinction whose pioneering work in the field of chemical thermodynamics, among other areas, generated effusive praise and great admiration among his peers. This biography, written by his son, covers the elder Lewis's life and ancestry and the author's childhood memories of his father, as well as describing some of his most important scientific work. Includes bandw photographs. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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Edward Sheldon Lewis, attended the University of California receiving his Bachelor's of Science in 1940. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944, and received his Ph. D. from Harvard in 1947. After post-doctoral work at UCLA, Dr. Lewis became an assistant professor at Rice Institute in 1948, and retired from Rice University in 1990

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This slim but expensive volume offers a useful, brief synopsis of the career of one of the most distinguished American chemists by his son. It includes too few reminiscences of Lewis the man but does include some 20 photographs of Lewis and his family plus seven pages of appreciations by well-known scientists. Lewis pioneered in the electronic theory of valency and contributed significantly to chemical thermodynamics, especially in the studies of free energies. He is especially remembered for his very generalized definition of acids and basis; the term "Lewis acid" is now in common use in the chemical world. Full bibliography of Lewis's publications. General readers; undergraduates through faculty. H. Goldwhite; California State University, Los Angeles

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementp. i
Forewordp. iii
Introductionp. 1
Chapter I Lewis's Life and Career Up to 1912p. 5
Chapter II Publications Through 1912p. 15
Chapter III The Berkeley and California Environmentp. 19
Chapter IV Career 1912 to 1946p. 23
Chapter V The Departmentp. 27
Chapter VI Publications and Research From 1913 Onp. 29
Chapter VII Lewis as Administratorp. 51
Chapter VIII The Research Conferencep. 55
Chapter IX The Nobel Prize?p. 61
Chapter X Lewis, Lachman, Conversation and Cardsp. 67
Chapter XI Lewis as Family Manp. 71
Chapter XII The Las Vegas Symposiump. 87
Chapter XIII Lewis as a Personp. 89
Chapter XIV Paretchan and Letters from Nobel Winnersp. 93
Referencesp. 103
Indexp. 115