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Abstract Volume 15 (2010) pp 237-242

Alfred G. Maddock (1917–2009), An Inspired Radiochemist

Jean-Pierre Adloff  and George B. Kauffman*

Honorary Professor, Université Louis Pasteur, 63 Rue Saint Urbain, Strasbourg, France F-67100,; Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-8034,

Published: 15 June 2010

Abstract. Alfred G. Maddock (1917–2009; “Alfie” to his friends) was among the last survivors of the select group of British scientists who participated in the birth of nuclear energy. Educated as a chemist, during World War II he joined the team of Frédéric Joliot’s collaborators who were transferred to Canada. There he acquired expertise in the chemistry of uranium, protactinium, and plutonium. From that time on, his interest extended to all fields relevant to chemistry and radioactivity. For half a century he was a leading authority on radiochemistry.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; biography; radiochemistry; world war ii; nuclear energy; protactinium; moßbauer spectroscopy; hot atom chemistry; positronium; cambridge university; st catharine’s college

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