Théophile de Donder

Théophile de Donder
de Donder at the Solvay Conference in 1927
Born19 August 1872
Died11 May 1957
Alma materUniversité Libre de Bruxelles
Known forBeing the father of irreversible thermodynamics
Scientific career
FieldsPhysicist and mathematician
InstitutionsUniversité Libre de Bruxelles
Academic advisorsHenri Poincaré
Doctoral studentsIlya Prigogine
Jules Géhéniau
Léon Van Hove
Raymond Coutrez
InfluencesAlbert Einstein
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Théophile Ernest de Donder (1872–1957) was a Belgian mathematician and physicist. He was famous for work in making connections between the concepts of chemical affinity and free energy. He is said to have been the first to address the thermodynamics of irreversible processes.[1] De Donder’s work was later developed further by Ilya Prigogine. De Donder was an associate and friend of Albert Einstein.