Nobel Prize, Edwin McMillan, Stockholm, Sweden, 1951

Nobel Prize, Edwin McMillan, Stockholm, Sweden, 1951

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Edwin McMillan shared the 1951 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Glenn Seaborg. McMillan discovered element 93, or neptunium, in 1940 while working on the world's largest cyclotron at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Seaborg's discovery of element 94, or plutonium, was based on McMillan's discovery.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
medal
date on object
1951
original issue
1901
recipient
McMillan, Edwin M.
issuing authority
Nobel Foundation
obverse designer
Lindberg, Erik
reverse designer
Lindberg, Erik
obverse engraver
Lindberg, Erik
reverse engraver
Lindberg, Erik
manufacturer
MJV
place of issue
Sweden: Stockholm
Physical Description
struck (overall production method)
gold (overall metal)
circular (overall shape)
Measurements
overall:.5 cm x 6.56 mm; 3/16 in x 1/4 in
ID Number
1992.0538.0004
catalog number
1992.0538.0004
accession number
1992.0538
Credit Line
McMillan, Elsie
subject
Nobel Prize
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Data Source
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My mother, my brothers and I chose to donate my father’s Nobel Prize medal to the Smithsonian after my father died in September 1991. We all felt that the metal would represent the amazing discoveries of the physicists and their team at UC Berkeley. Thank you for caring for the medal and letting people have virtual access to it. Regards,

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