Born Feb. 5, 1904, in New York. American physicist. Professor at the Institute of Nuclear Studies of the University of Chicago (1945-55); Carl Eisendrath professor (1955-60). Professor at the University of California since 1960.
Mayer’s main work is on statistical mechanics. He developed the method of statistical sums and was the first to apply combinatorial methods to statistical mechanics. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a corresponding member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences.
WORKSIn Russian translation:
Statisticheskaia mekhanika. Moscow, 1952. (With M. Goeppert Mayer.)