B. V. Derjaguin and J. Theo. G. Overbeek. Their Times, and Ours

  • Barry W. Ninham Department of Applied Mathematics, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, Australian National University, ACT 0200, Australia
Keywords: Derjaguin, Overbeek, DLVO, colloid science, polywater, cold fusion

Abstract

This year is the 25th anniversary of Boris Vladimirovich Derjaguin’s death. The author was priviledged to know Derjaguin and Theo. Overbeek quite well. These two Giants of Colloid Science oversaw the evolution of the subject from a qualitative backwater to center stage in the now rapidly developing enabling discipline of modern physical chemistry. This is a personal account of events in their times. 

Author Biography

Barry W. Ninham, Department of Applied Mathematics, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, Australian National University, ACT 0200, Australia

Barry Ninham was educated in Western Australia. He was one of the first of the cohort of Australians who went to the USA rather than the UK for graduate education.  He was Foundation Professor for a new  Department of "Applied Mathematics" (Natural Sciences )in   Institute for Advanced Studies at the Australian National University in1970. It became a world leader in the field of colloid and surface science, a subject that underlies all of modern biology and chemical engineering. He also founded and led the ANU Department of Optical Sciences Department. His work and contributions have been recognised in numerous honours and awards from Italy , Sweden, Japan, France, Russia, Germany, USA and Australia.

Published
2019-10-01
How to Cite
Ninham, B. W. (2019). B. V. Derjaguin and J. Theo. G. Overbeek. Their Times, and Ours. Substantia, 3(2), 65-72. https://doi.org/10.13128/Substantia-637
Section
Historical Articles