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Letter from Glenn T. Seaborg to Ray Bruzan


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Glenn T. Seaborg, 1951 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, was born in Ishpeming, MI on April 19, 1912. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles and received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1937. He became an instructor in Chemistry at Berkeley in 1939 and by 1945, was a full professor. During World War II he was a key member of the Manhattan Project team working with Enrico Fermi and others. His assignment was to learn how to isolate Plutonium. His theoretical development of the actinide concept led to a major overhaul of the classic Periodic Table design. After the work Seaborg continued his work on the transuranium elements, eventually discovering ten new elements. He also served as a top science advisor to a parade of U.S. Presidents, From Harry Truman to Bill Clinton. Seaborg suffered a stroke in 1998 and died in Lafayette, CA on February 25, 1999.

Ray Bruzan invited Glenn T. Seaborg to preside as "Guest Mole" at Lamphier High School's Mole Day Ceremonies for 1992. In this letter dated December 16, 1991 Seaborg sends his regrets citing his busy schedule.

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