johannes diderik van der waals

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van der Waals   (vān' dər wôlz')  Pronunciation Key 
Dutch physicist who accounted for many phenomena concerning gases and liquids by postulating the existence of intermolecular forces and a finite molecular volume. He derived a new equation of state for gases and liquids (now named for him), and for this work he received the 1910 Nobel Prize for physics.
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