Benjamin Widom

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Benjamin Widom (homepage) 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.

Selected publications

  1. Theoretical modeling: An introduction. Ber. Bunsenges. Phys. Chem. 1996, 100, 242.
  2. Theory of phase equilibrium. J. Phys. Chem. 1996, 100, 13190.
  3. Lekkerkerker, H.N.W.; Widom, B. An Exactly Solvable Model for Depletion Phenomena. Physica A 2000, * 483-492.
  4. Barkema, G.T.; Widom, B. Model of Hydrophobic Attraction in Two and Three Dimensions. J. Chem Phys. 2000, 113, 2349-2353.
  5. Weiss, V.C.; Widom, B. Contact Angles in Sequential Wetting: Pentane On Water. Physica A 2001, 292, 137-145.
  6. Widom, B.; Bhimalapuram, P; Koga, K. The Hydrophobic Effect. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys (PCCP) 2003, 5, 3085-3093.

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