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

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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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Birth 1918-11-08

Death 2008-11-22



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