Veniamin Levich

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Veniamin Grigorievich (Benjamin) Levich (March 30, 1917, Kharkiv, Ukraine — January 19, 1987, Englewood, New Jersey, USA)[1] was an internationally prominent physical chemist and founder of the discipline of physico-chemical hydrodynamics. He was a student of the theoretical physicist, Lev Landau. His landmark textbook titled Physicochemical Hydrodynamics is widely considered his most important contribution to science.[2] The Levich Equation describing a current at a rotating disk electrode is named after him. His research activities also included gas-phase collision reactions, electrochemistry, and the quantum mechanics of electron transfer.

Professor Levich received many honors during his life, including the Palladium Medal of the American Electrochemical Society in 1973. He was elected a foreign member of the Norwegian Academy of Sciences in 1977 and a foreign associate of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 1982.[3] He was also a member of numerous scientific organizations, although on leaving the USSR in 1978 he had to relinquish his Soviet citizenship and, therefore, was expelled from the USSR Academy of Sciences.[1] An interdisciplinary institute at the City College of the City University of New York is named in his honor.[4]

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  1. ^ a b Ennis, Thomas W. (January 21, 1987). "Dr. Benjamin G Levich Dies Scientist and Soviet Emigre". NY Times. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  2. ^ Levich, Veniamin G. (1962). Physicochemical Hydrodynamics. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall (english translation by Scripta Tchnica). OCLC 567847240. 
  3. ^ Acrivos, Andreas (1992). "Benjamin Levich", Memorial Tributes: National Academy of Engineering, Volume 5. Wash. DC: National Academies Press. pp. 164–169. ISBN 978-0-309-04689-3. 
  4. ^ "Benjamin Levich Institute for Physico-Chemical Hydrodynamics". City College of New York (CCNY). Retrieved 20 April 2012.