Richards, Theodore W. (Theodore William), 1868-1928

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Birth 1868-01-31
Death 1928-04-02
German, English

Biographical notes:

Theodore W. Richards graduated from Harvard in 1886.

From the description of Chemistry notebooks and bluebook, 1885-1886. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77073083

From the description of First forensic and forensic thesis, 1885-1886. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77073084

Harvard professor and Nobel Prize laureate in chemistry.

From the description of Letter to Sally Fairchild, n.d. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 51208330

Richards graduated from Harvard in 1886 and taught chemistry at Harvard.

From the description of Papers of Theodore William Richards, 1877-1928 (inclusive). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 76972856

Theodore Williams Richards graduated from Harvard in 1885.

From the description of The papacy of the Middle Ages : a junior oration / by Theo. W. Richards. 1885. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77073027

Richards was the first chemist in the United States to be awarded the Nobel Prize (1914). He studied chemistry at Harvard University, where he was appointed a lecturer in chemistry in 1889. In 1895 Harvard sent Richards to Germany to strengthen his credentials in the area of physical chemistry. In Leipzig, he attended lectures by Ostwald Wilhelm and Max Julius Louis Leblanc, notes for which are contained in this notebook. In Göttingen he studied with Walther Nernst. It has been suggested the work Richards did in Germany had a great influence on the theory of the compressible atom he eventually formulated.

From the description of Theodore William Richards lecture notebook, 1895. (University of California, San Diego). WorldCat record id: 42751611


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