Glenn Theodore Seaborg: Nobel Prize Winner and Great Scientist
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Glenn Theodore Seaborg grew up in an environment very similar to how many people would expect a Nobel Prize winner to grow up in. Working his way to the top, G. Seaborg started off as a student and worked his way up to a professor at the University of California. G. Seaborg was more than just a good scientist he was also a teacher at his old university. Glenn has done much with his life other than his advances in chemistry, but the reason he is mostly discussed today is because of his accomplishments as a chemist and his involvement in the Manhattan Project.
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Glenn T. Seaborg was born in Ishpeming, Michigan and he lived there until he reached the age of ten years old. Then G. Seaborg moved with his family to California where he then attended David Starr Jordan high school. As would be expected from a Nobel Prize winner Seaborg graduated top of his class, and being the valedictorian of his high school was just the beginning. Soon after high school Seaborg began his classes at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1929. Then he received his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. After he graduated college he quickly got a job in a lab as a laboratory assistant from 1937 to 1939. He was the assistant of one G. N. Lewis. Together they published many scientific papers. Glenn T. Seaborg eventually worked his way up to Professor of Chemistry in 1945. He took a leave of absence from this position to work, with many other scientists, on the Manhattan Project. While working on the Manhattan Project he came across an astounding discovery. He was the co-discoverer of plutonium and elements through element 102. This was an astounding discovery and possibly one of the most important discoveries for the Manhattan Project because these elements, especially plutonium, are used for explosions in nuclear weapons. The fact that an American scientist discovered this before scientists in other countries really changed the course of our history and completely effects how our lives turned out today.
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In Addition to his discoveries he was also a Teacher at the University of California, Berkley. He was eager to return to teaching after the Manhattan Project and he also lead in some more research in chemistry at the college. Seaborg seems like a great man, but was his accomplishments really great for society? Seaborg is no doubt a great man in the United States of America because he helped in making our country as strong as it is today, but he also helped in the creation in some very dangerous elements, elements which can be used to kill people and destroy countries. Now most of the world contains nuclear weapons and they are constantly pointed towards the enemies of their owners. Glenn T. Seaborg is no doubt a great scientist and clearly deserved the Nobel Peace Prize. He continued out his life with his work and his family. He was married to Helen Griggs and together they had six children. Their first child died in 1997 and two years later in 1999 Glenn joined his son. Everyone should know who Glenn T. Seaborg is even if that person’s interest isn’t in chemistry because he has had such a strong influence in this modern day we all live in.