Coryell, Charles D. (Charles Du Bois), 1912-1971

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Birth 1912-02-21
Death 1971-01-07

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From the description of Oral history interview with Charles DuBois Coryell, 1960. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 309731440

Noted for his studies on fission process, Charles D. Coryell (1912-1971) left M.I.T. in 1942 to become Chief of the Fission Products Section of the Manhattan Project, first at the University of Chicago (1942-1946) and later, at Clinton Laboratories in Oak Ridge, Tennessee (1943-1946). The studies of J.A. Marinsky and L.E. Glendenin in his group led to the chemical identification of element 61, promethium. With Dr. Nathan Sugarman, Dr. Coryell was co-editor of a volume of 336 research papers from the wartime work of the Manhattan Project titled Radiochemical Studies: The Fission Projects. He returned to M.I.T. after the war, where he continued his investigations in fission fine-structure and beta decay theory until his death in 1971. In 1954, Coryell received the Louis Lipsky Fellowship at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovoth, Israel.

From the guide to the Coryell, Charles D. Papers, 1945-1959, (Special Collections Research Center University of Chicago Library 1100 East 57th Street Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.)

Charles D. Coryell, Chief of the Fission Products Section of the Manhattan Project. The Charles D. Coryell Papers consist of material the socio-political questions that consumed scientists after the unleashing of the atom, especially arms control and nuclear disposal. The materials in the papers include correspondence, periodicals, articles, and other items related to the atomic age.

From the description of Charles D. Coryell papers, 1945-1959 (inclusive) (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 607914337


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  • Chemists--Interviews
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  • Atomic bomb--Moral and ethical aspects
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