In thermodynamics dissertations, human thermodynamics dissertations and or theses refers to the completion of a graduate school degree (MS or PhD) in the field of human thermodynamics, human chemical thermodynamics, or human statistical thermodynamics.

The following are MS and PhD theses/dissertations in human thermodynamics:



1920Josef Schnippenkotter
The Entropological Proof of God: the Physical Development of the Entropy Principle and its Philosophical Meaning (PhD)
(Der Entropologische Gottesbeweis: Die Physikalische Entwicklung des Entropieprinzips, seine Philosophische und Apologetische Bedeutung )
1966William PlankWilliam Plank
Thesis: “Art and the Artist in the Cosmogenesis of Teilhard de Chardin” (MA in French)University of Washington-Seattle
1966John Thompson O’ManiqueJohn O’Manique (1936-2003)
Canadian mathematical physicist
Thesis: “The Theory of Orthogenesis in the Synthesis of Teilhard de Chardin” (PhD)University of Ottawa
1972Stephen Coleman 75Stephen Coleman (1942-)Measurement and Analysis of Political Systems: a Science of Social Behavior (PhD) (on Shannon entropy / thermodynamics entropy of political systems)University of Minnesota
1974Carter Finn
Thesis/dissertation: “Religion, Philosophy, and the Second Law of Thermodynamics”College of William and Mary
1978Dick Hammond 75Dick Hammond (c.1938-)
Thesis: Analysis of Entropy Reduction and its Implications for Ethical Instruction in Public Education (EdD)
University of Arkansas and University of Texas
Adviser: Ilya Prigogine

1988Seth Lloyd 75Seth Lloyd (1960-)
American physicist
Black Holes, Demons, and the Loss of Coherence: How Complex Systems Get Information, and What They Do With It (PhD)Rockefeller University
Advisor: Heinz Pagels

1992Matthias Ruth 75Matthias Ruth (1964-)
American natural economist
Economic Processes and Environmental Repercussions: Synthesizing Economics, Ecology, and Thermodynamics (PhD)University of Illinois, Urbana [4]
c.1995Kozo Mayumi 75Kozo Mayumi (1954-)
Japanese applied economist
Thesis: "Land: Ecological and Economic Achilles’ Heel" (in economics) (MA) (working under Nicholas Georgescu) (1988)
Studies on Georgescu-Roegen’s Bioeconomic Paradigm
Vanderbilt University and Kyoto University
1998Satish Boregowda
Indian-born American mechanical engineer
Thermodynamic Modeling and Analysis of Stress Responses (PhD)Old Dominion University, Virgina
(funded by NASA Langley Research Center)

1999 Sip de Vries
Thermodynamic and Economic Principles: and the Assessment of Bioenergy (PhD) Delft University of Technology [1]
2003Mircea Gligor 75Mircea Gligor (1963-2015)
Romanian physicist and econophysicist
“Thermodynamics and Statistical Models for Dissipative Socio-Economic Systems” (PhD) Alexandru loan Cuza University, lasi, Romania.
Advisor: Margareta Ignat

2003Nathaniel Umukoro 75Nathaniel Umukoro
“Thermodynamics: Application of its Principles to Conflict Diagnosis, Management and Resolution in the ***** Delta of Nigeria” (MS)University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Department: humanitarian and refugee studies

2008Stefan Pohl-Valero 75Stefan Pohl-Valero (c.1977-)
Spanish mechanical engineer
“The Circulation of Energy: Thermodynamics, National Culture, and Social Progress in Spain, 1868-1890” (PhD)Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.
Advisor: Agusti Nieto-Galan

2010Luis Arroyo 75Luis Arroyo
“A Thermal Model of the Economy” (MS)University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez
Department: physics

2011Jeff Tuhtan 75Jeff Tuhtan
American civil-ecological engineer
“A Modeling Approach for Alpine Rivers Impacted by Hydropeaking Including the Second Law Inequality” (PhD)Institute for Modeling Hydraulic and Environmental Systems at the University of Stuttgart, Germany.
Advisor: (add)
Consultant advisor: Libb Thims

2015 Thomas Mapes
“Literatures of Stress: Thermodynamic Physics and the Poetry and Pross of Gerard Manley Hopkins” (PhD) (pdf) Georgia State University, English Department

In 1991, Swiss electrical engineer Francois Cellier, in his Continuous System Modeling, suggested that the thermodynamics of macroeconomies would be a “very worthwhile topic" for a PhD dissertation. [2]

In 2009, Hmolpedia member
Turnkey13, a third-year undergraduate mechanical engineer, from Turkey, expressed desire to come to America to complete a master’s degree in on a topic related to thermodynamics of human life, having been inspired by passages, such as shown below, in the 2006 Thermodynamics textbook by Yunus Cengel and Michael Boyle: [3]

“The arguments presented here are exploratory in nature, and they are hoped to initiate some interesting discussion and research that may lead into better understanding of performance in various aspects of daily life. The second law may eventually be used to determine quantitatively the most effective way to improve the quality of life and performance in daily life, as it is presently used to improve the performance of engineering systems.”

In 2010, Hmolpedia member DeeM1, an American business executive, with background is business, marketing, management consulting, and leadership development, and co-owner of several companies, one of which is a post-graduate school of managerial leadership, is embarking on doctoral studies on entropy on human behaviors and energy within organizations. [4]

Econophysics PhD programs
Of note, as of circa 2004, American physicist Joseph McCauley has been heading one of the world’s first econophysics programs at the University of Houston, Texas; although, ironically, in spite of the fact that McCauley completed his own PhD under Norwegian-born American thermodynamicist Lars Onsager, curator of the reciprocal relations (one of the so-called fourth law of thermodynamics candidates), the version of economic physics taught abstains from the use of thermodynamic, because in McCauley’s view "real financial markets cannot behave thermodynamically", which of course is incorrect, because everything in the universe behaves thermodynamically.

Human chemistry
The following are dissertations in human chemistry:


Jeremy Adler (1977)Jeremy Adler
PhD: Goethe’s Elective Affinity and the Chemistry of its Time
(Goethe’s 'Wahlverwandtschafte' und die Chemie seiner Zeit)
University of London
Advisor: Claus Bock

School of human thermodynamics
In 2005, American chemical engineer Libb Thims posted an online notice suggesting that in the near future graduate students will be able to complete their PhD in human thermodynamics. [1] In 2009, Thims began expressing desire to various heads of thermodynamics departments, at various of universities, that he was interested, in the potential near future, in founding an entire school of teaching human thermodynamics, subject material to be required coursework for the engineering, sciences, and humanities departments, similar in style and stature to what American physical chemist Gilbert Lewis did in founding the now-famous Lewis school of thermodynamics at the University of California, Berkeley. Out of these discussions, one thermodynamics professor, thus far, has taken Thims out to lunch to suggest that Thims join their thermodynamics department.

1. De Vries, Sipke S. (1999). Thermodynamic and Economic Principles: and the Assessment of Bioenergy. Dissertation (abstract). Delft University of Technology.
2. (a) Cellier, Francois. (1991). Continuous System Modeling (pg. 330). Springer.
(b) François E. Cellier –
3. (a) Messaging to Libb Thims from EoHT member turnkey13 (30 Jan 2009).
(b) Cengel, Yunus A. and Boles, Michael A. (2006). Thermodynamics: an Engineering Approach (ch. 4, pg. 193, ch. 7, pg. 349, ch. 8, pgs. 465-69). McGraw-Hill.
4. Understanding the Effect of Entropy on Human Energy (6 Sep 2010) – Thread,

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