Radium Sample

Description:

Alexander Hamilton Phillips (1867-1937) spent his career at Princeton University, first as a student and then as a professor of geology and mineralogy. In 1904 he succeeded in extracting radium from a sample of carnotite from Utah. This was the first radium produced in the United States. He gave this sample of radium to the Smithsonian in 1913.

Ref: Alexander H. Phillips, “Radium in an American Ore,” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 43 (1904): 157-160.

“PROF. A. H. PHILLIPS OF PRINCETON DIES,” New York Times (Jan. 21, 1937), p. 23.

Maker: Phillips, Alexander H.

Location: Currently not on view

See more items in: Medicine and Science: Modern Physics

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1913.55412.01Accession Number: 55412Catalog Number: 1913.55412.01

Object Name: Radium Sample

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a0-ecae-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_334894

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