Peter William Atkins
(born 10 August 1940) is an English chemist
and a Fellow of Lincoln College
at the University of Oxford
. He retired in 2007. He is a prolific writer of popular chemistry textbook
s, including ''Physical Chemistry'', ''Inorganic Chemistry'', and ''Molecular Quantum Mechanics''. Atkins is also the author of a number of popular science books, including ''Atkins' Molecules'', ''Galileo's Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science'' and ''On Being''.
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