Walker, James

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Walker, James Gender: M
born on 6 April 1863 at 15:30 (= 3:30 PM )
Place Dundee, Scotland, 56n28, 3w00
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Wright
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 16°20' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 18°12 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 12°51'


Scottish chemist whose main research interest was in physical chemistry. He investigated methods of electrolysis in the synthesis of dicarboxylic acids, the dissociation constants of acids and bases, and measured molecular weights by freezing point depression. While he is personally credited with no truly major discoveries, his most important role was as a populariser of the new and controversial physical chemistry theories of Ostwald, van't Hoff and Arrhenius in the English speaking world. This he did through his 1890 translation of Ostwald's Grundriss der allgemeinen Chemie (Outlines of General Chemistry), and his own textbook Introduction to Physical Chemistry (1899), which became a set text in many British universities. He died on 6 May 1935, aged 72.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Paul Wright's A Multitude of Lives, p. 222.


  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Science : Chemistry
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Translator