Series
Campus Press Conference
Episode
Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg of the Radiation Laboratory of the University of California, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry
Title
Muni
Producing Organization
WNYC (Radio station : New York, N.Y.)
Contributing Organization
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
WNYC (New York, New York)
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Episode Description
This episode's guest is Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg of the Radiation Laboratory of the University of California, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry, winner of the 1951 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. He discusses science education in the United States and the U.S.S.R. and how the Cold War impacts education and the race for space.
Series Description
"One of the most prominent series on the Municipal Broadcasting System's calendar of reporting and interpretation of the news, 'CAMPUS PRESS CONFERENCE' through the year of 1956 has maintained its tradition of making headlines through spontaneous and unrehearsed questioning of the men who make the news. WNYC's 'CAMPUS PRESS CONFERENCE' is unique in that it affords an unusual opportunity for talented college students to interview the prominent personalities on the New York scene. Appearing on the program this year have been student journalists from Brooklyn College, The College of the City of New York, the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Fordham University, Hunter College and New York University. Moderator of the series is Marvin Sleeper, City Hall reporter for the New York Journal-American, who has won several awards for his outstanding coverage of the news."--accompanying letter.
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Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg of the Radiation Laboratory of the University of California. Seaborg is the winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1951. He talks about the quality and quantity of scientists in the USSR; Whether there is a shortage of scientists in the USA; wether college grads teach high school students in lieu of military service; monetary incentives for science teachers; whether vocational high schools can fit into this planning; scientists visiting at high schools to get kids excited about science; what industry can do to aleviate the shortage of scientitsts; planned science programs for younger children; the U. Cal radiation laboratory; the potential for the development of a bomb igniting the atmosphere; hopes for control of atom bomb production; peaceful uses of atomic energy; can't answer how much more powerful bombs can get due to security reason; educational TV and radio can help get more people interested in science; feels we are stemming the tide but that the USSR could get ahead of us; favors scientific exchange programs; whether nuclear deterrance is enough to prevent the use of nuclear weapons. Glenn Theodore Seaborg was born in Ishpeming, Michigan, on April 19, 1912. At the age of 10 he moved with his family to California, in 1929 he graduated at David Starr Jordan High School in Los Angeles as valedictorian of his class. He entered the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1929, and received the degree of Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1937. From 1937 to 1939 he was the personal laboratory assistant of the late G. N. Lewis, with whom he published a number of scientific papers. In 1939, Dr. Seaborg was appointed an instructor in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1941, and to Professor of Chemistry in 1945. In 1946, he also took responsibility for direction of nuclear chemical research at the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, operated for the Atomic Energy Commission by the University of California; from 1954 to 1961, he was Associate Director of LRL. In the same year, he was appointed by President Truman to be a member of the AEC's first General Advisory Committee, a post he held until 1950. In 1958, he was appointed Chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley. In that capacity he served until his appointment by President Kennedy to the Atomic Energy Commission in 1961, when he was designated Chairman of the Commission. His term of office expires in 1968. From 1959 to 1961, he was also a member of the President's Science Advisory Committee. Dr. Seaborg was given a leave of absence from the University of California from 1942-1946, during which period he headed the plutonium work of the Manhattan Project at the University of Chicago Metallurgical Laboratory. He was co-discoverer of plutonium and all further transuranium elements through element 102. In addition to the discovery of transuranium elements, Dr. Seaborg and his colleagues are responsible for the identification of more than 100 isotopes of elements throughout the Periodic Table. He is also author of the actinide concept of heavy element electronic structure. In this connection, Dr. Seaborg demonstrated that the heavy elements form a "transition" series of actinide elements in a manner analogous to the rare-earth series of lanthanide elements. The concept demonstrated how the heavy elements fit into the Periodic Table and thus demonstrated their relationships to the other elements. The body of information assembled in Dr. Seaborg's laboratory has made it possible to predict the radioactive characteristics of many isotopes of elements still to be found. Under Dr. Seaborg's leadership, also, whole new bodies of methodology and instrumentation have been developed and have become a cornerstone of modern nuclear chemistry. Dr. Seaborg is the author of approximately 200 scientific papers, including a number of comprehensive reviews and compilations in scientific publications. He is also author and co-author of several books on chemistry and the elements. Honours include: in 1947 named as one of America's 10 outstanding young men by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce; 1947 recipient of the American Chemical Society's Award in Pure Chemistry; 1948 John Ericsson Gold Medal by the American Society of Swedish Engineers; 1948 Nichols Medal of the New York Section of the American Chemical Society; 1953 John Scott Award and Medal of the City of Philadelphia; 1957 Perkin Medal of the American Section of the Society of Chemical Industry; 1959 Atomic Energy Commission's Enrico Fermi Award for his outstanding work in the field of nuclear chemistry and for his leadership in scientific and educational affairs; in 1962, named Swedish American of the Year by Vasa Order of America, Stockholm; 1963 Franklin Medal of the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia. Dr. Seaborg is an Honorary Fellow of the Chemical Society of London and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists, the New York Academy of Sciences, the California Academy of Sciences, the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Arts of England, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Honorary degrees awarded to Dr. Seaborg include Doctor of Science degrees from the University of Denver, 1951; Gustavus Adolphus College, 1954; Northwestern University, 1954; University of Notre Dame, 1961; Ohio State University, 1961; Florida State University, 1961; University of Maryland, 1961; Temple University, 1962; Tulane University, 1962; Drexel Institute of Technology, 1962; Georgetown University, 1962; University of the State of New York, 1962; Mundelein College, 1963; and Trinity College, 1963; the degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Michigan, 1958; and University of Massachusetts, 1963; the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Northern Michigan College, 1962; the degree of Doctor of Public Service from George Washington University, 1962; and the degree of Doctor of Public Administration from the University of Puget Sound, 1963. In 1942, Dr. Seaborg married Helen L. Griggs, then secretary to the late Dr. Ernest O. Lawrence (Nobel Laureate for Physics 1939). They have six children: Peter (b. 1946), Lynne (b. 1947), David (b. 1949), Stephen (b. 1951), John Eric (b. 1954), and Dianne (b. 1959). His chief hobby is golf, but he also follows other sports with interest. From 1953-1958 he served as the University of California (Berkeley) Faculty Athletic Representative. From Nobel Lectures, Chemistry 1942-1962, Elsevier Publishing Company, Amsterdam, 1964 This autobiography/biography was written at the time of the award and later published in the book series Les Prix Nobel/Nobel Lectures. The information is sometimes updated with an addendum submitted by the Laureate. To cite this document, always state the source as shown above. Glenn T. Seaborg died on February 25, 1999.
Broadcast Date
1956-12-30
Created Date
1956-12-30
Asset type
Episode
Genres
Interview
Rights
Owner/Custodial History: WNYC; Acquisition Source: Peabody Archives; Terms of Use & Repro: Public Domain Transferred from original 7" reel from Peabody Archives - U of Georgia
Media type
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Duration
00:28:59.424
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Credits
Guest: Seaborg, Glenn T.
Host: Sleeper, Marvin
Producing Organization: WNYC (Radio station : New York, N.Y.)
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The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
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Chicago: “Campus Press Conference; Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg of the Radiation Laboratory of the University of California, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry ; Muni,” 1956-12-30, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, WNYC, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 28, 2022, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-80-28nckbfs.
MLA: “Campus Press Conference; Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg of the Radiation Laboratory of the University of California, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry ; Muni.” 1956-12-30. The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, WNYC, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 28, 2022. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-80-28nckbfs>.
APA: Campus Press Conference; Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg of the Radiation Laboratory of the University of California, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry ; Muni. Boston, MA: The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, WNYC, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-80-28nckbfs