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 John Gamble Kirkwood

John Gamble Kirkwood

Birth
Gotebo, Kiowa County, Oklahoma, USA
Death 9 Aug 1959 (aged 52)
North Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Burial New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 4364 · View Source
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Chemist. Born in Gotebo, Oklahoma, he was a noted chemist and physicist, holding faculty positions at Cornell University, Physical Chemistry Research Laboratory. He is best known for his works in the theory of liquids, statistical physics and statistical mechanics. In 1936, he was honored with the American Chemical Society Award in Pure Chemistry, which at the time was called the Langmuir Prize and he was one of its youngest recipients. During World War II, Kirkwood took up the challenge that the basic understanding of military explosives needed great improvement. He contributed to the war effort as a member of the National Defense Research Committee of the Office of Scientific Research and Development, as a member of the Basic Research Group, which was advisory to the chairman of the Defense Department's Research and Development Board. The U.S. Navy presented him with a Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 1945 and he received a Presidential Certificate of Appreciation in 1947. He moved from Cornell to California Institute of Technology in 1947, serving as a professor of chemistry until 1951, then accepted the position of Sterling Professor of Chemistry and department head at Yale, where he remained until his death.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 4364
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Gamble Kirkwood (30 May 1907–9 Aug 1959), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4364, citing Grove Street Cemetery, New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .