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MEDIA ADVISORY: Glenn Seaborg: Perspectives of a Son Turned Colleague

ATTENTION: Assignment Editors

26 September 2001
Contact: By Robert Sanders, Media Relations
(510) 643-6998


"Glenn Seaborg: Perspectives of a Son Turned Colleague," a special talk by the Nobel Laureates' son Eric as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize. Glenn T. Seaborg, who died in 1999, received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1951 for the discovery of plutonium. The College of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley, is sponsoring the event.


Thursday, Oct. 4, 3 p.m.


The O'Neill Room of the Faculty Club, UC Berkeley.


A freelance writer specializing in science and the environment, Eric Seaborg was invited by his famous father to work with him on his autobiography, "Adventures in the Atomic Age: From Watts to Washington," just published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Eric completed the book after his father's death in 1999. A limited number of copies of the book will be available at the talk.


Glenn Seaborg first came to UC Berkeley in 1934 as a graduate student. He was a revered member of the UC Berkeley family for more than six decades, serving as chancellor from 1958 to 1961. He is perhaps best known for his discovery of plutonium, for which he received the Nobel Prize 60 years ago, but he was also instrumental in the discovery of nine other elements. In 1997, he became the only living person to have an element - 106, Seaborgium - named in his honor. A strong advocate of nuclear arms control, Seaborg was an advisor to every U.S. President from Franklin D. Roosevelt through Bill Clinton.