04-19 – Glenn Seaborg's birthday v2
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Today (19th April) marks the birthday of Glenn Seaborg. At the University of California, Berkeley, Seaborg and his colleagues discovered ten of the transuranium elements (elements after uranium in the Periodic Table).

Seaborg was lead discover for plutonium, americium, curium, and berkelium; he was co-discoverer of californium, einsteinium, fermium, mendelevium, nobelium and seaborgium. Having seaborgium named after him made him the only person to have an element named after them while they were still alive, until oganesson was named after Yuri Oganessian in 2016. Seaborg jointly won a Nobel Prize in 1951 for his work.

For more on Seaborg’s life and achievements, check out his Nobel Prize biography, or this one from the Science History Institute.





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