Joseph W. Kennedy
|Joseph William Kennedy|
|Born||May 30, 1916
|Died||May 5, 1957
St. Louis, Missouri
|Institutions||Los Alamos National Laboratory
Washington University in St. Louis
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley|
|Doctoral advisor||Glenn T. Seaborg|
|Known for||First Isolation of Plutonium|
Born in Nacogdoches, Texas, Kennedy attended Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College, the University of Kansas, and received his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1943, he arrived at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and aided in the discovery, purification, and handling of plutonium.
In 1945, Kennedy was recruited as a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, and was installed as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry, a role he continued in until his death. Kennedy brought with him Wahl, Lindsay Helmholz, David Lipkin, Herbert Potratz, and Samuel Weissman, who all served on the faculty at Washington University.
Kennedy died at the age of 40 after a battle with cancer, only two years after Seaborg, McMillan, Wahl, and he received a prize of $400,000 dollars for their scientific work.
- "Wahl, professor who discovered plutonium; 89". Washington University Record, Vol 30(31). Retrieved on July 9, 2009
|This article about an American scientist is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|