Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Life and Science of Harold C. Urey$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Matthew Shindell

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780226662084

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226662114.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 27 May 2022

From Industrial Chemistry to Copenhagen

From Industrial Chemistry to Copenhagen

(p.45) Chapter Two From Industrial Chemistry to Copenhagen
The Life and Science of Harold C. Urey

Matthew Shindell

University of Chicago Press

This chapter traces Harold C. Urey's life after the end of World War I up through his time as a fellow in Niels Bohr's Institute in Copenhagen. After the end of the war, Urey returned to Montana briefly, where he taught courses in the chemistry department. He soon decided to pursue a graduate degree in chemistry, and he applied and was accepted at the University of California in Berkeley, California. In Berkeley, he worked with Gilbert Lewis and the chemists he had gathered in Gilman Hall. Urey also worked with the Berkeley physicists, chiefly Raymond T. Birge. When Urey finished his graduate work, Birge and Lewis encouraged him to spend a year with Bohr in Copenhagen and wrote letters on his behalf to secure his spot. Urey found an active group of theoretical physicists at work in Copenhagen. He learned to speak the language of quantum physics while in Copenhagen, and also learned that he did not possess the mathematical ability to contribute original work to this new field.

Keywords:   Gilbert N. Lewis, Raymond T. Birge, Niels Bohr, quantum physics, University of California, Berkeley

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.