Joseph Edward Mayer

Joseph Edward Mayer (February 5, 1904, New York City – October 15, 1983) was a chemist who has formulated the Mayer expansion in statistical field theory.[1]

He was professor of chemistry at the University of California San Diego from 1960 to 1972, and previously at Johns Hopkins University, Columbia University and the University of Chicago.[2] He was married to Nobel Prize-winning physicist Maria Goeppert Mayer from 1930 until her death in 1972. He went to work with James Franck in Göttingen, Germany in 1929, where he met Maria, a student of Max Born. Joseph Mayer was president of the American Physical Society from 1973 to 1975.

Scientific contributions

He developed the cluster expansion method and Mayer-McMillan solution theory.


  1. Montroll, Elliott W.; Raveché, Harold J.; Devore, Jerald A. (April 1984). "Obituary: Joseph E. Mayer". Physics Today. 37 (4): 98–100. doi:10.1063/1.2916215.
  2. Zimm, Bruno H. (1994). "10. Joseph Edward Mayer". Biographical Memoirs. 65. National Academy of Sciences. pp. 211–220. doi:10.17226/4548. ISBN 978-0-309-07359-2. OCLC 45729927. A .pdf version of this memoir is available at "Joseph Edward Mayer" (PDF).

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