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Gibbs, Josiah Willard (11 February 1839–28 April 1903), physical chemist and mathematician, was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the son of Josiah Willard Gibbs, Sr., professor of sacred literature at Yale Divinity School, and Mary Anna Van Cleve. Both sides of his family had long histories of academic association with Harvard, Yale and Princeton colleges. Gibbs entered Yale in 1854 and graduated in 1858. During his undergraduate years he regularly won prizes for excellence in Latin and mathematics. On 26 November 1858, shortly after he had begun graduate studies at Yale in engineering, he was elected a member of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences....