Peter Debye Nobel laureate discovered dielectric constant

Peter Debye –discoverer of dielectric constant

Article on Peter Debye

Biography & contributions

Peter Debye was born on March 24, 1884

Debye was a Dutch-American physicist and physical chemist, and Nobel laureate

In 1912 He discovered dielectric constant

In 1915 he showed how temperature alters x-ray diffraction patterns in crystalline solids.

In 1923 while working with Erich Huckel, he introduced the Debye-Huckel equation

In 1936 Debye won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his contributions to the study of molecular structure through his investigations on dipole moments and on the diffraction of x-rays and electrons in gases

Awards & Medals

1930, Rumford Medal

1937, Franklin Medal

1963, Priestley Medal

1965, National Medal of Science

He also studied

  • Electric conductivity in salt solutions
  • Heat capacity of solids
  • The theory of polar molecules
  • The van der waals forces between molecules

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