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Gilbert N. Lewis
Transcript of Gilbert N. Lewis
*By the age of 3 Gilbert was already reading and many had said he was quite precocious.
*He was home-schooled until he was 14 when he left to go to the University of Nebraska.
GILBERT NEWTON LEWIS: AMERICAN CHEMIST (1875-1946)
1875 Born on October 23 in Weymouth, Mass.
1889 Entered Univ. of Nebraska at age 14.
1892 Transferred to Harvard College.
1899 PhD at age 24.
1900 Instructor at Harvard College. Began research on electrochemistry and chemical equilibrium under Richards.
1904 Superintendent of Weights and Measures in the Phillipines.
1905 Faculty position at MIT. Began work on thermodynamics and free energies for elements.
1912 Married Mary Sheldon, daughter of Harvard Professor.
1912 Appointed Chairman of Dept. of Chemistry and Dean of the College of Chemistry, Berkeley.
1918 World War I, France. Appointed Chief of the Defense Division of Chemical Warfare Service. Received the Distinguished Service Medal (USA) and the Cross of the Legion of Honor (France).
1923 Authored Thermodynamics and the Free Energy of Chemical Substances with M. Randall. Authored Valence and the Structure of Atoms and Molecules. Clarified electron-pair bonding in covalent substances. Began work on a more inclusive acid-base theory.
1930's Worked on deuterium. First to prepare pure deuterium and its compounds. Published 26 papers on deuterium and other isotopes.
1938 Franklin Institute lectures on acids and bases.
1940's Worked on photochemical processes.
1946 Unexpected death in laboratory on March 23.
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Gilbert N. Lewis
Born: 10/25/1875 (West Newton, MA)
Died: 3/23/1946 (Berkeley, CA)
Gilbert lived in both Massachusetts and Germany while coming up with his theories, but lived in California for the end of his life
Covalent bonding is how 2 atoms come together to create something.
The Lewis Dot Structure are diagrams that show the bonding between atoms of a molecule and the lone pairs of electrons that may exist in the molecule.
In the Lewis theory of acid-base reactions, bases donate pairs of electrons and acids accept pairs of electrons. A Lewis acid is therefore any substance, such as the H+ ion, that can accept a pair of nonbonding electrons. In other words, a Lewis acid is an electron-pair acceptor. A Lewis base is any substance, such as the OH- ion, that can donate a pair of nonbonding electrons. A Lewis base is therefore an electron-pair donor.
Irving Langmuir- Gilbert showed great interest in Irving's work.
Thomas Lowry-Organic chemist, was involved in the covalent and Valent studies.
By: Peytan Ferris Pd:1