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Chemist at Work

Credit: United States Department of Energy (or predecessor organization) employee
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Seaborg_kennedy.jpg
License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Chemist Glenn Seaborg was an alchemist of sorts; he turned one element into another! Seaborg’s career had a tremendous impact on the field of chemistry, on society and on history.

Why It Matters

Credit: E-Magine Art
Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/50382026@N06/4854327672/
License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Transuranium elements and isotopes are used in medicine [Figure2]

  • Seaborg synthesized 10 transuranium elements and lots of isotopes, which we use now in medicine, industry and the nuclear power industry.
  • Seaborg was the first living person to have an element named for him: 106 Seaborgium.
  • Seaborg was an important asset to the United States during World War II and after.

Show What You Know

With the link below, learn more about the career of Glenn Seaborg. Then answer the following questions.

  1. How are the transuranium elements created synthetically?
  2. What was the most important isotope that Seaborg created and why was it so important?
  3. Why was the United States government interested in Seaborg’s work? What was he involved with during World War II?
  4. What are the actinoid elements?
  5. What did Seaborg do after World War II and why?

Image Attributions

  1. [1]^ Credit: United States Department of Energy (or predecessor organization) employee; Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Seaborg_kennedy.jpg; License: CC BY-NC 3.0
  2. [2]^ Credit: E-Magine Art; Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/50382026@N06/4854327672/; License: CC BY-NC 3.0

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