Okay all nerd jokes aside, I was looking for something intellectual to write for my first chemistry post of the new school year. In my searching, I found out that Glenn Seaborg and I share a birthday! I’m sure you’re saying “wait, who? who cares?”. I’m telling you that YOU care, well maybe…
Glenn T. Seaborg (April 19, 1912 – February 25, 1999) was a crazy good chemist who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1951 for “discoveries in the chemistry of the transuranium elements”! (Translation: all those important radioactive ones past uranium). He also contributed to the discovery and isolation of TEN elements on the periodic table, which is roughly 8.5% of the table! He was an educator and research scientist at UC Berkeley (great school for science nerds). Seaborg served as an advisor for ten presidents from Harry S. Truman to Bill Clinton on nuclear policy and pushed for commercial nuclear energy and peaceful applications of nuclear science.
All in all, he did some really cool things in chemistry in our lifetimes (mine for sure)! So he and I share a birthday, aries babies! Coincidence?! Maybe we will all discover something awesome this year, or at least learn some cool stuff. Welcome to chemistry!