Glenn Seaborg

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Glenn Seaborg

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FACTS-He won a Nobel Prize before he was 40-Nine presidents sought his advice -He discovered the element that makes atomic bombs explode -And he discovered radioisotopes used to treat millions of cancer patients.-Discovered plutonium and many other elements in February of 1941



-He learned Swedish from his immigrant mother before he learned English-Came from an isolated iron town-Agreed to a two-year term--and stayed for 10, the longest tenure of any Kennedy appointee

Born: April 19, 1912, Ishpeming, MIDied: February 25, 1999, Lafayette, CAAwards: Nobel Prize in Chemistry-1951, John Scott Legacy Medal and Premium-1953, Enrico Fermi Award-1959, Perkin Medal-1957, Priestly Medal-1979, National Medal of Science for Chemistry-1991, Franklin Medal

His life-long association with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory [LBNL] began in 1934 when, as a graduate student, he went to work at the UC Radiation Laboratory (the forerunner to LBNL). He joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1939 and, following his time at the AEC [Atomic Energy Commission] helm, returned to Berkeley where he continued his search for new elements and isotopes.

Fun Facts




Helping History-During the Manhattan Project, he helped create the most destructive manmade force ever known. But he was convinced that the atom had even greater potential for peaceful uses. Kennedy was offered him a powerful forum to promote these benefits and for the all-important work of arms control.Partners in Science-Edwin McMillan worked with Glenn to helped discover the transuranium elements.

Glenn T. Seaborg

His Work

SourcesGlenn T. Seaborg - Biographical. (2014). Retrieved November 17, 2015, from chemistry/laureates/1951/seaborgbio.htmlGlenn T. Seaborg - His Biography. (n.d.). Retrieved November 17, 2015, from http:// Seaborg (1912 - 1999). (n.d.). Retrieved November 17, 2015, from http://


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