Josiah Willard Gibbs
#416 Overall Influence

Josiah Willard Gibbs

American physicist and scientist

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Josiah Willard Gibbs was an American scientist who made significant theoretical contributions to physics, chemistry, and mathematics. His work on the applications of thermodynamics was instrumental in transforming physical chemistry into a rigorous inductive science. Together with James Clerk Maxwell and Ludwig Boltzmann, he created statistical mechanics , explaining the laws of thermodynamics as consequences of the statistical properties of ensembles of the possible states of a physical system composed of many particles. Gibbs also worked on the application of Maxwell’s equations to problems in physical optics. As a mathematician, he invented modern vector calculus .

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Heidelberg University
Heidelberg University

Public research university in Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science
Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science

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Yale University
Yale University

Private research university in New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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#22 World Rank #4 USA Rank
Chemistry
#40 World Rank #8 USA Rank
Engineering
#100 World Rank #23 USA Rank
Physics
#179 World Rank #25 USA Rank
Mathematics