Arthur Wahl

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Arthur C. Wahl
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Born(1917-09-08)September 8, 1917
DiedMarch 6, 2006(2006-03-06) (aged 88)
Alma materIowa State University (B.S.) and University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D.)
Known forFirst isolation of plutonium
AwardsACS Award for Nuclear Chemistry (1966)[1]
Scientific career
InstitutionsWashington University in St. Louis
Doctoral advisorGlenn T. Seaborg

Arthur Charles Wahl (September 8, 1917 – March 6, 2006) was an American chemist who, as a doctoral student of Glenn T. Seaborg at the University of California, Berkeley, first isolated plutonium in February 1941.[2] He was a worker on the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos until 1946, when he joined Washington University in St. Louis. Beginning in 1952, he was the Henry V. Farr Professor of Radiochemistry; he received the American Chemical Society Award in Nuclear Chemistry in 1966 and retired in 1983.[3] He moved back to Los Alamos in 1991 and continued his scientific writing until 2005. He died in 2006 of Parkinson's disease and pneumonia.[4]

Further reading[edit]

  • Jeremy Bernstein: Plutonium: A History of the World's Most Dangerous Element. Cornell University Press, 2009. ISBN 0-8014-7517-1


  1. ^ ACS Award for Nuclear Chemistry Archived November 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Glenn Seaborg: Chamberlain of Science. Archived 2015-08-28 at the Wayback Machine Science Spectra. Nº 11 (1998)
  3. ^ "Arthur Wahl". Atomic Heritage Foundation. Retrieved 2021-05-27.
  4. ^ Sobotka, Lee G.; Holtzer, Alfred M.; Friedlander, Gerhart; Sarantites, Demetrios G.; Weissman, Samuel I. (2006-07-11). "Obituary of Arthur C. Wahl". Physics Today. doi:10.1063/PT.4.2311.

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