Professor O. W. Gibbs Died Yesterday
Wolcott Gibbs, professor emeritus in the University, died at his home in Newport, R. I., yesterday, after a lingering illness.
Professor Gibbs was graduated from Columbia in 1841. After receiving his degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, he pursued his studies at the University of Berlin, under Liebig at Giessen, and at the College of France at Paris. On his return to America he delivered lectures at Delaware College. From 1849 to 1863, he was professor of physics and chemistry at the College of the City of New York. In that year, he became Rumford professor and lecturer on the application of science to the useful arts. This post he held until his retirement in 1887, when he received the title of professor emeritus.
Dr. Gibbs was the author of many valuable chemical researches and as editor of "The American Journal of Science and Arts" he contributed a large number of articles in the department of physics. For his distinguished work Professor Gibbs was honored by many learned societies. He was president of the National Academy of Sciences and enjoyed the distinction of being the only American ever elected an honorary member of the American Chemical Society.