Early History of Heavy Isotope Research at Berkeley

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I have had the idea for some time that it would be interesting and worthwhile to put together an account of the early work on heavy isotopes at Berkeley. Of a special interest is the discovery of plutonium (atomic number 94) and the isotope U{sup 233}, and the demonstration of their fission with slow neutrons. This work served as a prelude to the subsequent Plutonium Project (Metallurgical Project) centered at the University of Chicago, in connection with which I have also had the idea of putting together a history of the work of my chemistry group. I have decided that ... continued below

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Seaborg, Glenn T. June 1, 1976.

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I have had the idea for some time that it would be interesting and worthwhile to put together an account of the early work on heavy isotopes at Berkeley. Of a special interest is the discovery of plutonium (atomic number 94) and the isotope U{sup 233}, and the demonstration of their fission with slow neutrons. This work served as a prelude to the subsequent Plutonium Project (Metallurgical Project) centered at the University of Chicago, in connection with which I have also had the idea of putting together a history of the work of my chemistry group. I have decided that it would be an interesting challenge to write this account on a day-to-day basis in a style that would be consistent with the entries having been written at the end of each day. The aim would be to make this history as accurate as possible by going back to the original records and using them with meticulous care.

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  • Report No.: PUB--97
  • Grant Number: DE-AC02-05CH11231
  • DOI: 10.2172/902151 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 902151
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc883894

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Seaborg, Glenn T. Early History of Heavy Isotope Research at Berkeley, report, June 1, 1976; Berkeley, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc883894/: accessed December 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.