George Ernest Gibson


George Ernest Gibson (November 9, 1884 – August 26, 1959) was a Scottish-born American nuclear chemist.

George Ernest Gibson
Born(1884-11-09)November 9, 1884
DiedAugust 26, 1959(1959-08-26) (aged 74)
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh B.Sc.
University of Breslau Ph.D
Scientific career
FieldsNuclear chemist
Thesis (1911)
Doctoral advisorOtto Lummer
Doctoral studentsWilliam Giauque
Glenn T. Seaborg
Wendell Mitchell Latimer

Early yearsEdit

George Ernest Gibson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and educated partly in Germany where he attended a gymnasium in Darmstadt, finishing his schooling in Edinburgh. He studied chemistry at the University of Edinburgh receiving his B.Sc. in 1906. He worked with Otto Lummer at the former University of Breslau (now University of Wrocław) where he received his Ph.D in 1911, and stayed there as lecturer for two additional years before returning to the University of Edinburgh in 1912.


In 1913 he became Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Two of his students were awarded a Nobel Prize in Chemistry, William Giauque and Glenn T. Seaborg. In 1927 he stayed a year with Walter Heitler in Göttingen as a Guggenheim Fellow. He retired in 1954 and died in 1959.


  • biography form the Online Archive of California