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Browne, Malcome W. (fl. 1959-) Harold Urey, scientist, dies at 87; war foe's work led to H-bomb [incomplete]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03152.08 Author/Creator: Browne, Malcome W. (fl. 1959-) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Newspaper clipping Date: January 1981 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written by Browne, a noted journalist, for the New York Times. Contains only the first page of the article. Discusses Urey's achievements, including his receipt of the 1934 Nobel Prize in chemistry for the discovery of heavy hydrogen. Describes how, in 1953, Urey and graduate student Stanley L. Miller conducted a landmark experiment demonstrating that electricity can transform earth's primordial materials (methane, ammonia, hydrogen, and water) into amino acids, "the building blocks of protein."

People: Browne, Malcome W., fl. 1959-.

Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Keywords/Subjects: Manhattan Project, Neutrality, Atomic Energy, Science and Technology, Weaponry, Military History, World War II, Death

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