Lot #224
Glenn Seaborg

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Estimate: $300+


Nobel Prize-winning chemist (1912-1999) who was instrumental in the discovery of several elements, and developed the extraction process used to isolate the plutonium fuel for the second atomic bomb during the Manhattan Project. TLS signed “Glenn,” one page, 8.5 x 11, University of California letterhead, January 26, 1961. Letter to General Leslie R. Groves, former the director of the Manhattan Project, written shortly after Seaborg's appointment as chair of the Atomic Energy Commission. In part: "It was very kind of you to write me in connection with my recent appointment. I very much appreciate your good wishes as I undertake the challenges of my new responsibility. I too have been disappointed with the change in the membership of the Commission over the years. I suppose some of this is just a natural result of the political process and the fact that the AEC has necessarily become involved in so many issues which are not directly related to science. I have no doubt that you are quite correct that it takes a long period of time to become adequately acquainted with the manifold and complex matters with which the Commission has to deal. I still remember the excitement of the Manhattan District days and feel that for many of us that period was a highly valuable training ground for large scale research and development work and for scientific administration." In fine condition.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #568 - Ended October 10, 2019

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