George W. Wheland

University of Chicago, Chicago, IL 
resonance theory
"George Wheland"

George W. Wheland (1907-1962) obtained his doctoral degree with J.B. Conant at Harvard University and then moved to Caltech as a postdoctoral fellow (1932-1936) to work with Pauling in the extension of resonance to organic molecules. He co-authored the fifth paper of Pauling's series on "The Nature of the Chemical Bond" and became a staunch advocate of resonance theory. In 1936, Wheland went to the United Kingdom as a Guggenheim Fellow to spend a year at the Department of Chemistry at the University of London headed by Ingold. He also used part of his time to work for some months in Oxford with Cyril Hinshelwood and to visit Lennard-Jones in Cambridge, Sommerfeld in Munich, and Hückel in Stuttgart.

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James Bryant Conant grad student 1932 Harvard
 (A study of certain organic acids)
Linus Carl Pauling post-doc 1932-1936 Caltech
Christopher K. Ingold post-doc 1936-1937 UCL
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Wheland GW, Brownell RM, Mayo EC. (1948) The steric inhibition of resonance. III. Acid strengths of some nitro- and cyanophenols Journal of the American Chemical Society. 70: 2492-2495
Stearns RS, Wheland GW. (1947) A precise method for the determination of the ionization constants of some weak organic acids Journal of the American Chemical Society. 69: 2025-2029
Kleene RD, Westheimer FH, Wheland GW. (1941) Dissociation constants in the cinnamic acid series Journal of the American Chemical Society. 63: 791-793
Pauling L, Wheland GW. (1933) The nature of the chemical bond. V. The quantum-mechanical calculation of the resonance energy of benzene and naphthalene and the hydrocarbon free radicals The Journal of Chemical Physics. 1: 362-374
Conant JB, Wheland GW. (1933) The structure of the acids obtained by the oxidation of tri-isobutylene Journal of the American Chemical Society. 55: 2499-2504
Conant JB, Wheland GW. (1932) The study of extremely weak acids Journal of the American Chemical Society. 54: 1212-1221
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