Sunday, November 1, 2015

Glenn Seaborg

Serena broke tradition this year. Having always chosen to study female historical figures for the past 5 years, she picked a male subject for her 6th Biography Fair presentation.

We've been reading through The Elements by Theodore Gray, a book about the periodic table. The name Glenn Seaborg kept showing up and piqued Serena's curiosity. Turns out he was a really cool chemist who helped discover 10 of the elements (including the infamous plutonium) and won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He had worked closely with 10 U.S. presidents from Roosevelt to Bush Sr., and was one of the lead scientists in the Manhattan Project.

After all her research, Serena decided to play off of how Glenn Seaborg was involved in many classified government projects. Her display included a little detective quiz and some "top secret" & "confidential" letters that she fabricated based on what she's learnt about Seaborg.

"Secrecy was an issue that improved with time but has not yet been satisfactorily resolved, especially with respect to the cumbersome and difficult declassification of so-called secret material."
Quote from "A Chemist in the White House: From Manhattan Project to the End of the Cold War" by Glenn Seaborg.

1 comment:

  1. This had to be difficult to research. Lots of secrets still hidden away.
    Looks like a great project .Well done .Love Nanny & Papa