Frederick Donnan

Frederick DonnanIn existographies, Frederick Donnan (1870-1956) (CR:7) was an Irish physical chemist, generally known for his work on membrane equilibria, named Donnan equilibrium (Ѻ)(Ѻ)(Ѻ)(Ѻ), noted particularly for a number of summaries and publications, one together with Arthur Haas, on chemical thermodynamics the work of Willard Gibbs, which are cited by Herbert Salzer as prerequisites readings to any type of equilibrium theories at the cellular upwards level.

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The following are noted quotes by Donnan:

Gibbs ranks with men like Newton, Lagrange and Hamilton, who by the sheer force and power of their minds have produced those generalized statements of scientific law which mark epochs in the advance of exact knowledge.”
— Frederick Donnan (1924), “The Influence of J. Willard Gibbs on the Science of Physical Chemistry” [1]

“Nothing in the history of science is more remarkable than the way in which Gibbs in 1878 provided the electrochemical science of the succeeding generation with its thermodynamic Principia.
— Frederick Donnan (1925), “Influence of J. Willard Gibbs” [2]

“Although Gibbs’ treatment of thermodynamics has been accessible in English, French, and German for many years, its highly condensed and abstract form has repulsed the great majority of students, with the result that the science of thermodynamics has been recast in many different moulds during the last fifty years.”
— Frededrick Donnan (1932), Publication

See also
Jeans, Donnen, Guggenheim debate

1. (a) Donnan, Frederick G. (1924). “The Influence of J. Willard Gibbs on the Science of Physical Chemistry” (pg. 4), an address by F. G. Donnan, on the occasion of the centenary celebration of the founding of the Franklin institute and the inauguration exercises of the Bartol research foundation, September 17, 18, 19. Franklin Institute.
(b) Fisher, Irving. (1930). "The Applications of Mathematics to the Social Sciences" (abs) (pdf), Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, 36(4): 225-243.
2. (a) Donnan, Frederick G. (1925). “Influence of J. Willard Gibbs”, Jour. Franklin Institute.
(b) Rukeyser, Muriel. (1942). Willard Gibbs - American Genius, (pg. 271). Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc.

Further reading
● Donnan, Frederick G., Haas, Arthur. (1936). A Commentary on the Scientific Writings of J. Willard Gibbs. Yale University Press.

External links
Frederick G. Donnan – Wikipedia.

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