# Benjamin Widom

**Benjamin Widom** was co-winner of the Boltzmann Award
in 1998 "for his illuminating studies of the statistical mechanics of fluids and fluid mixtures and their interfacial properties, especially his clear and general formulation of scaling hypotheses for the equation of state and surface tension of fluids near critical points."

Widom was born in Newark, New Jersey. He graduated from New York City's Stuyvesant High School in 1945, and received his B.A. from Columbia University in 1949, followed by his Ph.D from Cornell University in 1953. He became an instructor of chemistry at Cornell in 1954, was appointed assistant professor in 1955 and a full professor in 1963. He was chair of the chemistry department between 1978 and 1981. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1974 and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1979.

## Publications list[edit]

Incomplete list:

- B. Widom "Some Topics in the Theory of Fluids", Journal of Chemical Physics
**39**pp. 2808-2812 (1963) - H. C. Longuet-Higgins and B. Widom "A rigid sphere model for the melting of argon", Molecular Physics
**8**pp. 549-556 (1964) - B. Widom "On the Radial Distribution Function in Fluids", Journal of Chemical Physics
**41**pp. 74-77 (1964) - B. Widom "Intermolecular Forces and the Nature of the Liquid State: Liquids reflect in their bulk properties the attractions and repulsions of their constituent molecules", Science
**157**pp. 375-382 (1967) - Michael E. Fisher and B. Wiodm "Decay of Correlations in Linear Systems", Journal of Chemical Physics
**50**3756 (1969) - B. Widom and J. S. Rowlinson, "New Model for the Study of Liquid–Vapor Phase Transitions", Journal of Chemical Physics
**52**, pp. 1670-1684 (1970) - B. Widom "Potential-distribution theory and the statistical mechanics of fluids", Journal of Physical Chemistry
**86**pp. 869 - 872 (1982) - B. Widom "Theoretical modeling: An introduction", Berichte der Bunsen-Gesellschaft
**100**pp. 242- (1996) - B. Widom "Theory of Phase Equilibrium", Journal of Physical Chemistry
**100**pp. 13190–13199 (1996) - Anatoly B. Kolomeisky and B. Widom "A Simplified “Ratchet” Model of Molecular Motors", Journal of Statistical Physics
**93**pp. 633-645 (1998) - B. Widom "Structure and tension of interfaces", Molecular Physics
**96**pp. 1019-1026 (1999) - B. Widom "What do we know that van der Waals did not know?", Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
**263**pp. 500-515 (1999) - H. N. W. Lekkerkerker and B. Widom "An exactly solvable model for depletion phenomena", Physica A
**285**pp. 483-492 (2000) - G. T. Barkema and B. Widom "Model of hydrophobic attraction in two and three dimensions", Journal of Chemical Physics
**113**pp. 2349-2353 (2000) - Volker C. Weiss and B. Widom "Contact angles in sequential wetting: pentane on water", Physica A
**292**pp. 137-145 (2001) - B. Widom, P. Bhimalapuram and Kenichiro Koga "The hydrophobic effect", PCCP
**5**pp. 3085-3093 (2003) - Y. Djikaev and B. Widom "Geometric view of the thermodynamics of adsorption at a line of three-phase contact", Journal of Chemical Physics
**121**5602 (2004)

**Books**

- J. S. Rowlinson and B. Widom "Molecular Theory of Capillarity". Dover 2002 (originally: Oxford University Press 1982) ISBN 0486425444
- B. Widom "Statistical Mechanics: A Concise Introduction for Chemists", Cambridge University Press (2002) ISBN 0521009669