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Martin D. Kamen

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Birthday
27, 1913
Birthplace
Canada
Death Date
Aug 31, 2002 (89)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
27, 1913
Birthplace
Canada
Death Date
Aug 31, 2002 (89)

About

Physicist who discovered the Carbon-14 element, which allowed biologists to peer inside the chemistry of living cells. He also worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II, which developed the first atomic bomb.

Before Fame

Working with another researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, he discovered the element present in every plant and animal.

Trivia

During the McCarthy trials he was accused of passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union and his passport was seized because of it.

Family Life

His parents were Russian immigrants who settled in Toronto, Canada, and Kamen himself grew up in Chicago.

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Faced with public charges of treason by Joseph McCarthy's committee, he attempted suicide at his lowest point, but did not succeed.