George de Hevesy - Denmark, England, Germany, Hungary, Sweden
Chemist, born Budapest, Hungary 1885. Educated Budapest and Berlin;
Freiburg 1905, Ph.D 1908. Employment: Zürich 1908-10; Karlsruhe
1910; Manchester (Rutherford) 1911-13; Hungarian army 1914-18;
NBI 1919-26; prof. phys.-chem. Freiburg 1926-34; prof. NBI
1934-43; Inst. Research in Organic Chemistry, Stockholm U.,
1943-. Swedish citizenship 1944.
Fellow Royal Society, 1939,
Copley Medal 1949, Faraday Medal 1951. Nobel Prize (chemistry)
for 1943, awarded 1944 "for his work on the use of isotopes as
tracers in the study of chemical processes."; Atoms for Peace medal
1958; Niels Bohr Medal 1961.
Author: Das Element Hafnium, 1927; Quantitative Analysis by X-rays,
1932; Praktikum der Röntgenspektroskopischen Analyse, 1932;
Radioactive Indicators, 1948.
Discovered new element, hafnium, with Coster, 1923.
Calculated relative abundance of chemical elements in universe;
discovered use of radioactive tracers in study of chemical
processes, especially in living organisms; research using lead
and phosphorus as tracers, 1934; discovered dynamic state of
chemical change in the body; research on separation of isotopes
by physical means.
Died Freiburg 1966.
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