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Abstract Volume 5 Issue 5 (2000) pp 252-262

Martin D. Kamen: An Interview with a Nuclear and Biochemical Pioneer

George B. Kauffman

Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-8034

Published online: 5 September 2000

Abstract. Martin D. Kamen (born in Chicago on August 27, 1913), codiscoverer of carbon-14 and a Nobel Prize-caliber nuclear scientist and biochemist whose life is replete with triumph and tragedy, discusses his life, career, and views of science, education, and politics in this wide-ranging interview, which is prefaced with and followed by a brief summary of his life, including his education, work on the Manhattan Project, his unexplained dismissal from this classified war work, his ultimate vindication from unjustified accusations of disloyalty, and his “second career” in biochemistry.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; Nobel Prize winner; biochemistry

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Issue date: October 2, 2000

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