Journal of. 2 vols. Presentation inscription to Segre in Vol. 2, with 10 offprints, 3 with inscriptions to Segre

Seaborg, Glenn

Publication Date: 1968
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From the Library of Nobel Prize Winner Emilio Segre Seaborg, Glenn (1912-99). (1). Journal of Glenn T. Seaborg. August 11, 1934 - June 30, 1939 [July 1, 1939 - April 17, 1942]. 2 vols. N.p., October 1982. Mimeographed typescript. vii [1], 502; [4] 503-925pp. Text illustrations. Original printed wrappers. Seaborg's presentation inscription to Segre on title of second vol.: "To Emilio with fond memories of 50 years of friendship and collaboration, Glenn." Page of Segre's notes laid into second vol. Address labels of Segre's widow in each vol. Offered with (2). Collection of 10 offprints and mimeographed documents, as listed below. 8vo & 4to. V.p., 1938-76. Original wrappers or without wrappers as issued; see below for detailed condition statements. From the library of Nobel Laureate Emilio Segre(1905-89); Seaborg's presentation inscriptions to Segre on nos. 7, 9 and 11. First / First Separate Editions. Seaborg shared the 1951 Nobel Prize in chemistry with E. M. Macmillan for their work on the synthetic transuranium elements, which are created by bombarding uranium and other heavy elements with atomic particles. The first such element that Seaborg identified was plutonium (no. 94), which he and his associates J. W. Kennedy and A. C. Wahl found in December 1940; a few months later, with the assistance of Emilio Segre, Seaborg's team isolated the isotope 239Pu and found it to be a potential source of nuclear energy (see no. 10). This discovery was kept secret due to wartime conditions; Seaborg later stated that "the announcement to the world of the existence of plutonium was in the form of the nuclear bomb dropped over Nagasaki" (quoted in James, p. 346). Seaborg spent most of his scientific career at the University of California, Berkeley, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 1937 and joined the chemistry faculty the same year. In 1936, while still a graduate student, he became the first chemist to have an ongoing connection with E.O. Lawrence's Radiation Laboratory-home of the cyclotron, the world's first particle accelerator. It was at this time that Seaborg began working with John J. Livingood (see nos. 1, 3 & 5); "their ongoing collaboration . . . produced the largest quantity of information about nuclear reactions obtained by any group in the Laboratory" (Heilbron & Seidel, Lawrence and his Laboratory, p. 355). With Livingood, and later with Segre, J. W. Kennedy and others, Seaborg helped to pioneer the study of isomers, forms of the same unstable nucleus differing in internal energy (nos. 3, 5 & 6). With Livingood and Kennedy, Seaborg undertook a lengthy study of the isomers of activated tellurium (nos. 3 & 5), which was found to be a source of biologically useful radioactive iodine. With Segre, who joined the Rad. Lab. in 1938, Seaborg found the isomers of element 43 (no. 4); this element, later named technetium, had been discovered by Segre in 1936. This early work is discussed in detail in our two volumes of Seaborg's journal (no. 11), which describe his scientific work from August 1934 to April 1942. The years 1940 to 1942 are also covered in no. 10, which focuses primarily on Seaborg's work on plutonium and the isotope U233. During World War II Seaborg served as a section head in the Manhattan Project, supervising the production of plutonium for the atomic bomb. In 1944 he resumed his search for new transuranic elements, identifying americium (no. 95) and curium (no. 96). After the war he returned to Berkeley, where between 1949 and 1958 he and his research teams identified berkelium (no. 97), californium (no. 98), einsteinium (no. 99), fermium (no. 100), mendelevium (no. 101), and nobelium (no. 102)-this brought Seaborg's total of new elements up to nine, more than found by anyone else in history. In 1961, after serving for three years as chancellor of UC Berkeley, Seaborg was appointed chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, where he served until 1971. In 1974 he isolated seaborgium (no. 106), which was named for him. Seaborg was a prolific author, producing 26 books and over 550 papers during his long career. We are offering here a selection of these, ranging from the 1930s to the 1980s. All are from the library of Seaborg's sometime collaborator Emilio Segre, who received half of the 1959 Nobel Prize for physics for his discovery of the antiproton. Both Seaborg and Segre were on the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley and both did much of their research at the university's Radiation Laboratory. James, Nobel Laureates in Chemistry, pp. 344-49. "Publications by Glenn T. Seaborg," (web reference) 1. (with J. J. Livingood). Artificial radioactivity as a test for minute traces of elements. Offprint from J. Am. Chem. Soc. 60 (August 1938). 1784-1786pp. Original printed wrappers. 2.(with D. C. Grahame). The distribution of minute amounts of material between liquid phases. Offprint from J. Am. Chem. Soc. 60 (October 1938). 2524-2528pp. Original printed wrappers. 3. (with J. J. Livingood & J. W. Kennedy). Radioactive tellurium: Further production and separation of isomers. Offprint from Phys. Rev. 55 (April 15, 1939). 1 page (794), in original printed wrappers. 4/ (with E. Segre). Nuclear isomerism in element 43. Offprint from Phys. Rev. 55 (May 1, 1939). 808-814pp. Without wrappers as issued. 5. (with J. J. Livingood & J. W. Kennedy). Radioactive isotopes of tellurium. Offprint from Phys. Rev. 57 (March 1, 1940). 363-370pp. Diagrams. Without wrappers as issued. 6. (with G. Friedlaender & J. W. Kennedy). Mechanism of nuclear isomer separation process. Offprint from J. Am. Chem. Soc. 62 (1940). 1309-1310pp. Original printed wrappers. 7. Artificial radioactivity. Offprint from Chem. Reviews 27 (August 1940). 199-285pp. Original printed wrappers, worn. Seaborg's pres. insc. on front wrapper: "Compliments of Glenn T. Seaborg." Segres signature on front wrapper. 8. (with Earl K. Hyde). The transuranium elements. Preprint of a contribution to Vol 39, "Handbuch der Physik." M. Bookseller Inventory # 37777

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Publication Date: 1968

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