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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Le Noble WJ, Wheland GW. (1958) The entropies of activation in the nitration of ethyl benzoate Journal of the American Chemical Society. 80: 5397-5402
Matlow SL, Wheland GW. (1955) Orientation in aromatic substitution: A theoretical study of the competition between groups Journal of the American Chemical Society. 77: 3653-3655
Wheland GW. (1955) Modified valence-bond treatment of unsaturated and aromatic compounds The Journal of Chemical Physics. 23: 93-97
Hutchison CA, Kowalsky A, Pastor RC, et al. (1952) A note on the detection of free radicals by means of paramagnetic resonance absorption. Biradicals The Journal of Chemical Physics. 20: 1485-1486
Smith DH, Schwartz JR, Wheland GW. (1952) The intramolecular character of the benzidine rearrangement Journal of the American Chemical Society. 74: 2282-2286
Wheland GW. (1952) Resonance again Chemical and Engineering News. 30: 3160
Neivelt B, Mayo EC, Tiers JH, et al. (1951) The base strengths of N,N′-dialkylguanidines Journal of the American Chemical Society. 73: 3475-3478
Farr JD, Bard CC, Wheland GW. (1949) Electrolysis of solutions of m-dinitrobenzene in liquid ammonia Journal of the American Chemical Society. 71: 2013-2015
Wheland GW, Mann DE. (1949) The dipole moments of fulvene and azulene The Journal of Chemical Physics. 17: 264-268
Wheland GW, Schwartz JR. (1949) An attempt to find cross products in the benzidine rearrangement [1] The Journal of Chemical Physics. 17: 425
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