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Week 22

Week 22: May 28 – June 3 (Archive)

May 28

  • Alfred O. C. Nier, born 1911, refined mass spectrometric process to distinguish isotopes; showed uranium-235 undergoes fission.
  • Stanley B. Prusiner, born 1942, discovered Prions (new biological principle of infection); Nobel Prize in Medicine (1997).

May 29

  • Antoine A. B. Bussy, born 1794; in 1812, isolated magnesium (Mg,12).
  • General Electric Corp. announced synthesis of gem-grade diamonds in 1970.

May 30

  • William Ramsay and Morris W. Travers discovered krypton (Kr, 36) in 1898.
  • Julius Axelrod, born 1912, researched catecholamines; Nobel Prize in Medicine (1970).
  • Henry A. Hill, born 1915, first African-American president of American Chemical Society.

May 31

  • Austin McD. Patterson, born 1876, leader in field of chemical nomenclature; editor of Chemical Abstracts.

June 1

  • Frank Whittle, born 1907, designed and patented a jet aircraft engine.

June 2

  • Nils G. Sefstrom, born 1873; in 1830, one of the discoverers of vanadium (V, 23).

June 3

  • Otto Loewi, born 1873, researcher on chemical transmission of nerve cells; Nobel Prize in Medicine (1936).
  • Robert B. Woodward synthesized chlorophyll in 1960.