In 1926, Lewis coined the term "photon" for the smallest unit of radiant energy. After Lewis' death, his children followed their father's career in chemistry. Additionally, the wing of the new Weymouth High School Chemistry department has been named in his honor.
He was a brother in Alpha Chi Sigma, the professional chemistry fraternity. Lewis was born in 1875 and raised in Weymouth, Massachusetts, where there exists a street named for him, G. Lewis received his primary education at home from his parents, Frank Wesley Lewis, a lawyer of independent character, and Mary Burr White Lewis. in 1899 with a dissertation on electrochemical potentials.
Moreover, these relations were inexact, applying only to ideal chemical systems.
These were two outstanding problems of theoretical thermodynamics.
This hope was not realized, though fugacity did find a lasting place in the description of real gases. Duhem’s ideas of free energy and thermodynamic potential.
Lewis’ early papers also reveal an unusually advanced awareness of J. These ideas were well known to physicists and mathematicians, but not to most practical chemists, who regarded them as abstruse and inapplicable to chemical systems.
The next year he returned to Cambridge, Massachusetts when the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) appointed him to a faculty position, in which he had a chance to join a group of outstanding physical chemists under the direction of Arthur Amos Noyes.The most important was thermodynamics, a subject in which Richards was very active at that time.Although most of the important thermodynamic relations were known by 1895, they were seen as isolated equations, and had not yet been rationalized as a logical system, from which, given one relation, the rest could be derived.He later revealed that he had been discouraged from pursuing this idea by his older, more conservative colleagues, who were unaware that Wilhelm Wien and others were successfully pursuing the same line of thought.
Lewis’ paper remained unpublished; but his interest in radiation and quantum theory, and (later) in relativity, sprang from this early, aborted effort.was an American physical chemist known for the discovery of the covalent bond and his concept of electron pairs; his Lewis dot structures and other contributions to valence bond theory have shaped modern theories of chemical bonding. Several years later, he became the Dean of the college of Chemistry at Berkeley, where he spent the rest of his life.