He died when Urey was six years old. He then attended high school in Kendallville, Indiana. He later moved to Montana, where his mother was then living, and he continued to teach there.
See Article History Alternative Title: Harold Clayton Urey Harold C. He was a key figure in the development of the atomic bomb and made fundamental contributions to a widely accepted theory of the origin of the Earth and other planets.
The elder Urey, a schoolteacher and minister, died when the boy was six. His mother remarried and had two daughters in that marriage. After high schoolUrey taught in rural public schools from tofirst in Indiana and then in Montana.
While teaching at a mining camp in Montana, Urey decided to attend the University of Montana in Missoula, where he majored in zoology with additional study in chemistry.
After graduating inUrey worked as a chemist during World War Ian experience that set his future in chemistry. After the war, he returned to the University of Montana, where he taught chemistry for two years before beginning graduate study at the University of California at Berkeley.
Under the direction of Gilbert N.
Lewishe received a doctorate for his dissertation on electron distribution in the energy levels of the hydrogen atom and thermodynamic calculations on gaseous molecules.
Although the necessary molecular properties were not then available, Urey developed good approximate values. His work led to accepted methods for calculating thermodynamic properties from spectroscopic data.
With the American physicist Arthur E. Ruark, he published Atoms, Molecules and Quantaan early discussion in English of the new field of quantum mechanics. While visiting his mother in Seattle, Wash.
They married and had four children. Deuterium and atomic bomb research In Urey moved to Columbia University in New York Citywhere he continued his work on the properties of molecules and atoms. The theory of isotopes —i. The less-abundant isotopes of carbonnitrogenand oxygen had been discovered by others by the end of the s, and Urey remarked that only the discovery of isotopes of hydrogen—the lightest element—could be more significant.
Urey had a systematic chart of the isotopes, both known and predicted, on his office wall. This system included two additional isotopes of hydrogen—both undiscovered—one with twice the mass 2H and one with three times the mass 3H of ordinary hydrogen 1H.
A letter to the editor from two physicists in the July 1,issue of Physical Review discussed some indirect evidence for the natural abundance of 2H—i. Within days of reading this article, Urey devised an experiment to look for deuterium.
After obtaining samples of hydrogen expected to be enriched in deuterium, he detected a spectrum that agreed with his predictions for deuterium from the Bohr atomic model. Urey continued to investigate isotopes of hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, and sulfur. By he and his associates had developed successful methods for separating the rarer isotopes of all these elements, making them readily available for laboratory research.
Urey wrote several papers on the separation of isotopes, including those of the heavy elements, and during World War II he was active in the U. Urey served on various advisory committees for the Manhattan Project and directed efforts to separate the isotopes with several techniques, including gaseous diffusion.
This was a huge and complex operation, beset by numerous problems in the development of a suitable diffusion barrier for the uranium hexafluoride.
When the barrier that Urey had been working on was not chosen for the diffusion plant being built at Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Although he remained nominal head of the project, he tried to convince U. Truman not to drop the bomb on Japan. After the war, Urey worked for civilian, rather than military, control of atomic weapons, and he proposed an international ban on their production and stockpiling. Origin of the solar system Two postwar events at the University of Chicagowhere Urey became a professor indramatically altered the focus of his research.
His book The Planets: Thus, Urey argued, the Moon should provide clues to the early solar system that the Earth could not.A Studyof Harold C Ureys Hypothesis. The universe contains huge clouds made up of very large amounts of dustandgas.
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He included basic chemicals that were present on Earth before life began. Harold Clayton Urey was born on April 29, , in Walkerton, Indiana, the son of Samuel Clayton Urey, a school teacher and a minister in the Church of the Brethren, and his wife Cora Rebecca née Reinoehl.