Chemist at Work
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
- 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.
- SciShow, Glenn Seaborg: Shaking Up the Periodic Table: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iJAet5p450
- How are the transuranium elements created synthetically?
- What was the most important isotope that Seaborg created and why was it so important?
- Why was the United States government interested in Seaborg’s work? What was he involved with during World War II?
- What are the actinoid elements?
- What did Seaborg do after World War II and why?