Web videos about transuranic elements discovered at Berkeley

Brady Haran visited Berkeley today to film segments for his Periodic Table of Videos series. The segments focused on Glenn T. Seaborg’s life and his discovery of ten transuranic elements at Berkeley, including Plutonium and Seaborgium, named in his honor. Of element 106, Jeffrey Winters wrote in Discover Magazine,

Not only is Seaborg the first living scientist to have an element named after him, he’s also the only person who could receive mail addressed only in elements: Seaborgium, Lawrencium (for the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory where he still works), Berkelium, Californium, Americium.

Seaborg was a public intellectual, gifted politician, and scientific advisor to eleven Presidents of the United States.

With Professor Alexander Pines, who holds the Glenn T. Seaborg Chair in Chemistry, and Professor Darleane Hoffman, we toured relevant sites in Gilman Hall and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Darleane’s book on the history and science of this period is available on Amazon:

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The elements discovered by Seaborg and co-workers:


Seaborg, Glenn T, and Walter D Loveland. The elements beyond uranium. New York: Wiley, 1990.
Seaborg, G. T. “My Career as a Radioisotope Hunter.” JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association 273, no. 12 (March 22, 1995): 961–964. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520360075043.
Seaborg, G. T. “Secrecy Runs Amok.” Science 264, no. 5164 (June 3, 1994): 1410–1411. doi:10.1126/science.264.5164.1410.
Seaborg, G. T. “An International Effort in Chemical Science.” Science 223, no. 4631 (January 6, 1984): 9–9. doi:10.1126/science.223.4631.9.
Seaborg, G. T. “A Call for Educational Reform.” Science 221, no. 4607 (July 15, 1983): 219–219. doi:10.1126/science.221.4607.219.
Seaborg, Glenn T, and Benjamin S Loeb. Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the test ban. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1983.
Seaborg, G. T., W. Loveland, and D. J. Morrissey. “Superheavy Elements: A Crossroads.” Science 203, no. 4382 (February 23, 1979): 711–717. doi:10.1126/science.203.4382.711.
Harvey, B. G., G. Herrmann, R. W. Hoff, D. C. Hoffmann, E. K. Hyde, J. J. Katz, O. L. Keller, M. Lefort, and G. T. Seaborg. “Criteria for the Discovery of Chemical Elements.” Science 193, no. 4259 (September 24, 1976): 1271–1272. doi:10.1126/science.193.4259.1271.
Seaborg, G. T. “A Century of Chemical Progress.” Science 192, no. 4234 (April 2, 1976): 13–13. doi:10.1126/science.192.4234.13.
Ghiorso, A., J. Nitschke, J. Alonso, C. Alonso, M. Nurmia, G. Seaborg, E. Hulet, and R. Lougheed. “Element 106.” Physical Review Letters 33, no. 25 (December 1974): 1490–1493. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.33.1490. (Download)
Winters, Jeffrey. “The Year in Science: Chemistry 1997. What’s in a Name?” Discover Magazine, January 1, 1998. (Download)

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