Ellenn Seaborg Essay

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Glenn Theodore Seaborg; born April 19, 1912 in Ishpeming, Michigan was a well-known Chemist. After moving to Los Angeles, California at the age of 10, he graduated valedictorian of his 1929 High School class at David Starr Jordan High School. In 1937, he received his Ph. D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley after enrolling at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1929 for his undergraduate degree. After receiving his Ph. D., Dr. Seaborg spent time as a personal laboratory assistant to G. N. Lewis, from 1937 to 1939, where they published some scientific papers together. During this time, Seaborg collaborated with John Livingood to create an isotope of iodine, iodine-131, which is used to treat thyroid disease. …show more content…
After his time working on the Manhattan Project, Seaborg returned to the University of California, Berkeley, as a professor. Dr. Seaborg’s many advancements in the realm of nuclear science paved the way for the him to be appointed different positions. From 1954 to 1961, he was the Associate Director of the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory where, in 1946, he took over the nuclear chemical research, which was operated by the University of California. Around the same time, he was appointed to be one of the first members of the AEC’s first General Advisory Committee, by President Truman, which he was on until 1950. Dr. Seaborg had the honor to serve the University of California as their second chancellor from 1950 until “his appointment to the chairmanship of the Atomic Energy Commission by President John F. Kennedy in 1961.” He held this position until 1971, when he returned to the University of California, Berkeley, and was named a University Professor, where he continued to make advancements in nuclear physics. Besides holding these many prestigious positions and being on many committees, Dr. Seaborg was an advisor to many Presidents on nuclear

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