Glenn Seaborg

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Glenn Seaborg

Glenn Seaborg



Even though he was a very important scientist who was a part of multiple different commissions and even met presidents, he didn't win many awaards. The November of 1951, at the age of 39, he received the Nobel Prize in chemistry that he shared with his colleague Ed McMillan. He was one of the youngest winners ever of the world's most prestigious award.

He became friends with Ernest O. Lawrence, who invented the atom-smashing cyclotron, and Robert Oppenheimer.He ran experiments on acids and bases as the personal assistant of Gilbert N. LewisHe and Ed McMillan worked together to create the element plutoniumMendeleev, Newlands, Moseley, Ramsay, and Dobereiner were all on the same card with Seaborg (for our class) because they all had the Periodic Table in common.

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Personal FactsHe earned his Ph.D. at Berkeley in chemistry in 1937. In 1939, Dr. Seaborg was appointed an instructor in chemistry at Berkeley, where he was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1941, and to Professor of Chemistry in 1945. In 1942, he married Helen Griggs, then secretary to Ernest O. Lawrence.He states that he was such a shy boy that his mother arranged with his teachers to allow trips to the bathroom without asking becuase he was too bashful to raise his hands.

About Him

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At the age of 28, while leading a research team that would later discover plutonium, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. This lead to him boarding a train to Chicago to head a section of the top-secret Manhattan Project.After receiving his Nobel Prize, he began to work at the Atomic Energy Commission's General Avisory Committee, appointed by President Truman. He also chaired on President Eisenhower's Science Advisory Committee.He met John Kennedy at the reviewing stand of the inaugural parade in 1961.He later served at the Committee of Principals.

Seaborg is most known for discovering the element plutonium with his colleague Edwin McMillan in the February of 1941 His other conributions that he isn't known for are the discoveries of 9 more elements which were: americium, curium, berkelium, californium, einsteinium, fermium, mendelevium, nobelium, and element 106, which was named seaborgium in his honor (this was the first time that an element was named for a living person). All these elements, besides seaborgium, make up most of the transuranium elements on the Periodic Table.

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ReferencesInformation: Glenn Seaborg (1912 - 1999). (n.d.). Retrieved November 10, 2015, from Glenn T. Seaborg - His Biography. (n.d.). Retrieved November 15, 2015, from, G. (2014, September 10). Glenn T. Seaborg | American chemist. Retrieved November 15, 2015, from biography/Glenn-T-SeaborgPictures:The Nobilid Race. (2015, March 19). Retrieved November 10, 2015, from Nobilid-Race/page4Glenn T. Seaborg - His Biography. (n.d.). Retrieved November 15, 2015, from

(Caption: Top photo: Glenn Seaborg receiving the Nobel Prize from the King of Sweden. Bottom photo: the Nobel Prize.)

(Caption: J. Robert Oppenheimer, Glenn Seaborg, and Ernest O. Lawrence, in early 1946 at the controls to the 184-inch cyclotron)

Born on April 19, 1912, Seaborg lived in the town of Ishpeming, Michigan, where his family owned a house, but the mining comany owned the land under it. Swedish was his first language granted the fact that he had an immigrant mother. His family later moved to southern California where he studied in UCA studying chemistry. He died on February 25, 1999, living to be nearly 87 years old.


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