Glendenin, Lawrence E. (Lawrence Elgin), 1918-2008

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Birth 1918-11-08
Death 2008-11-22

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1918, Nov. 8 Born, Bay City, Mich. 1941 S.B. in chemistry, University of Chicago, Chicago, Ill. 1942 Joined the University of Chicago’s Metallurgical Laboratory (code name for the Manhattan Project) as a member of Charles D. Coryell's team, Chicago, Ill. 1943 1945 Transferred to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn. 1945 Discovered with Jacob A. Marinsky, Promethium, the 61st element on the periodic table One of sixty-seven Oak Ridge Laboratory scientists who signed the Oak Ridge petition calling for President Harry S. Truman to describe and demonstrate the atomic bomb's power and give Japan the opportunity to surrender Married Ethel Long 1946 1949 Ph.D. in nuclear chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. 1947 Patent issued for Brady-Glendenin safety pipette Member of radio chemistry team, Bikini Scientific Resurvey, studying effects of atomic bomb testing on the Bikini Atoll (Marshall Islands) 1949 1985 Senior scientist, Chemistry Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Ill. 1958 Visiting scientist, Metallurgy Division, Harwell Laboratory, Oxon, United Kingdom 1963 Appointed scientific secretary, United States delegation to the International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy, Geneva Switzerland 1974 American Chemical Society Award for Nuclear Applications in Chemistry 2008 Died, Nov. 22, Crystal Lake, Ill.

From the guide to the Lawrence E. Glendenin Papers, 1935-2009, (bulk 1945-1975), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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  • Atomic bomb--United States.


  • Nuclear chemists.


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