Jean-Marie Wiame nsIn science, Jean-Marie Wiame (1914-2000) was a Belgian bacterial geneticist noted for his 1946 article “Biology and Thermodynamics of Irreversible Phenomena”, co-authored with Belgian chemist Ilya Prigogine, wherein the so-called Prigogine-Wiame theory was presented, which states that the evolution of biological systems (chnopsological systems) is towards states with the least production of entropy (per mass unit) compatible with the boundary conditions imposed. [1]

Wiame completed his PhD in 1945 at the Brussels school of biology on the physiological role of polyphosphates in yeast. In the early 1960s, his scientific interest shifted from bacterial to yeast genetics.

1. Prigogine, Ilya and Wiame, Jean M. (1947). “Biology and Thermodynamics of Irreversible Phenomena” (“Biologie et Thermodynamique des Phenomenes Irreversibles”) (abs), Experimentia, 2:451-53.
2. Dubois, Evelyne and Thuriaux,Pierre. (2001). “Obituary: Jean-Marie Wiame, 1914-2000”, Current Genetics, 39(2):

Further reading
‚óŹ Prigogine, Ilya. (2003). Is the Future Given? (pg. 46). World Scientific.

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