A Radiochemical Laboratory at the University of Durham


    SINCE the early days of radioactivity, successful research in this field was frequently based on collaboration between physicists and chemists. In Great Britain, however, in the years between the two World Wars, the fundamental work done on the physical side of radioactivity, mainly by Rutherford and his school, was not adequately supported by chemical research on a similar scale ; nothing was attempted comparable to the continuous efforts in Paris (Laboratoire Curie) or Berlin (Kaiser Wilhelm Institute, under Otto Hahn) which, among other important results, led to the observation of the fission of uranium. As in the new phase of radioactivity inaugurated by this discovery the need for scientific workers trained in the chemistry of the radio-elements is even more obvious, the Council of the Durham Colleges, aided by the University Grants Committee, has recently decided to create the necessary facilities by founding a Radiochemical Laboratory.

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    A Radiochemical Laboratory at the University of Durham. Nature 157, 473 (1946) doi:10.1038/157473b0

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