Aristid von Grosse

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Aristid von Grosse
Born January 1905
Riga, Russian Empire
Died July 21, 1985 (1985-07-22) (aged 80)
Laguna Hills, California, United States
Institutions Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Chemistry, University of Chicago
Doctoral advisor Karl Andreas Hofmann, Otto Hahn
Known for isolation of pure protactinium compounds

Aristid von Grosse was a German nuclear chemist. During his work with Otto Hahn, he got access to waste material from radium production, and with this starting material he was able in 1927 to isolate protactinium oxide[1] and was later able to produce metallic protactinium[2][3] by decomposition of protactinium iodide.

From 1948 to 1969, he was president of the Research Institute of Temple University. He was later affiliated with the laboratories of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia until his retirement in 1979.[4]

Aristid was born in Riga in January 1905.[5] He died of pneumonia in Laguna Hills, California on July 21, 1985.[6]


  1. ^ Aristid von Grosse (1928). "Das Element 91; seine Eigenschaften und seine Gewinnung". Berichte der deutschen chemischen Gesellschaft. 61 (1): 233–245. doi:10.1002/cber.19280610137. 
  2. ^ Aristid von Grosse (1934). "Element 91". Science. 80 (2084): 512–516. doi:10.1126/science.80.2084.512. PMID 17734249. 
  3. ^ V. Grosse, Aristid (1935). "Zur Herstellung von Protactinium". Berichte der deutschen chemischen Gesellschaft (A and B Series). 68 (2): 307. doi:10.1002/cber.19350680218. 
  4. ^ "Aristid V. Grosse, 80; Did A-Bomb Research". The New York Times. July 23, 1985. 
  5. ^ Weiner, Charles (January 11, 1974). "The Niels Bohr Library & Archives: Interview with Dr. Aristid Grosse". Philadelphia: American Institute of Physics. 
  6. ^ "Aristid V. Grosse, 80; Did A-Bomb Research". The New York Times. July 23, 1985.