Théophile de Donder
|Théophile de Donder|
de Donder at the Solvay Conference in 1927
|Born||19 August 1872
|Died||11 May 1957
|Fields||Physicist and mathematician|
|Institutions||Université Libre de Bruxelles|
|Alma mater||Université Libre de Bruxelles|
|Academic advisors||Henri Poincaré|
|Doctoral students||Ilya Prigogine
Léon Van Hove
|Known for||Being the father of irreversible thermodynamics|
Théophile Ernest de Donder (1872–1957) was a Belgian mathematician and physicist. He was famous for work in making connections between the concepts of chemical affinity and free energy. He is said to have been the first to address the thermodynamics of irreversible processes. De Donder’s work was later developed further by Ilya Prigogine. De Donder was an associate and friend of Albert Einstein.
References[change | change source]
- Perrot, Pierre (1998). A to Z of Thermodynamics. Oxford University Press. .