Glenn T. Seaborg

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Birthday
19, 1912
Birthplace
Ishpeming, MI
Death Date
Feb 25, 1999 (86)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
19, 1912
Birthplace
Ishpeming, MI
Death Date
Feb 25, 1999 (86)

About

Winner of the 1951 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of plutonium and transuranium, which is heavier than uranium. He was also the Chairman of the United States Atomic Energy Commission from 1961 to 1971.

Before Fame

During WW II he was in charge of scaling up plutonium production and after the war chaired the Atomic Energy Commission.

Trivia

He helped develop the atom bomb, but co-signed a letter to Franklin Roosevelt urging him to demonstrate the weapon to the Japanese rather than using it on them; and spent his whole career campaigning for peaceful uses of atomic energy.

Family Life

He was born in Ishpeming, Michigan, the son of a Swedish immigrant mother, who he later saved with one of his discoveries.

Associated With

He was an advisor to a succession of U.S. presidents, starting from FDR and ending with President George Bush in the 1980s.