a unit of measure for electric dipole moments, equal to 10–18 statcoulomb-centimeters. Abbreviation: D
Origin of debye
First recorded in 1930–35; named after P. J. W. Debye
Pe·ter Jo·seph Wil·helm [pey-tuh r yoh-sef vil-helm] /ˈpeɪ tər ˈyoʊ sɛf ˈvɪl hɛlm/, 1884–1966, Dutch physicist, in the U.S. after 1940: Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1936.
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Peter Joseph Wilhelm. 1884–1966, Dutch chemist and physicist, working in the US: Nobel prize for chemistry (1936) for his work on dipole moments
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