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James, 1682–1754, Scottish architect and author.
Josiah Willard, 1839–1903, U.S. physicist.
Oliver Wol·cott [wool-kuht], /ˈwʊl kət/, 1822–1908, U.S. chemist and educator.
Sir Philip, 1877–1962, English journalist and writer.



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British Dictionary definitions for Gibbs

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James. 1682–1754, British architect; his buildings include St Martin's-in-the-Fields, London (1722–26), and the Radcliffe Camera, Oxford (1737–49)
Josiah Willard. 1839–1903, US physicist and mathematician: founder of chemical thermodynamics
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Scientific definitions for Gibbs

[ gĭbz ]
Josiah Willard 1839-1903

American physicist known especially for his investigations of thermodynamics. He developed methods for analyzing the thermodynamic properties of substances, and his findings established the basic theory for physical chemistry.
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