Albert Ghiorso

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Albert Ghiorso (1970)
Albert Ghiorso (2nd from left) completing the periodic table after the discovery of the Lawrencium (1961).

Albert Ghiorso (born July 15, 1915 in Vallejo , California , † December 26, 2010 in Berkeley , California) was an American nuclear physicist .

Ghiorso earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1937 and was involved in the construction of Geiger counters. Because of these activities, he was appointed to the Manhattan Project team and later worked in Glenn Seaborg's group on research into transuranic elements (atomic number greater than 92).

Ghiorso was - among others - involved in the discovery of the transuranic elements with ordinal numbers 95 to 106:

In 1972 Ghiorso was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences . In 1973 he received the American Chemical Society Award for Nuclear Applications in Chemistry , and in 2004 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Radiochemistry Society. In 1986 he became a Fellow of the American Physical Society .

In his honor the element 118, Oganesson , Ghiorsium should be named. After it became known that a colleague had allegedly falsified the measurement data on which the discovery was based, the proposed name had to be withdrawn.

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  1. ^ SFGate: Albert Ghiorso, Berkeley nuclear scientist, dies ; January 7, 2011, accessed November 21, 2013.