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Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Named a National Historic Chemical Landmark
Published: April 07, 2008
Posted: April 16, 2008

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has awarded this designation to ORNL for its production of radioisotopes for peacetime uses, particularly for diagnostic and therapeutic uses in medicine. The Clinton Laboratories, forerunner of ORNL, began distribution of isotopes in August 1946, sending carbon-14 to a Saint Louis hospital for cancer treatment. By the early 1950s, ORNL was providing tens of thousands of radioisotope shipments annually for medical, scientific and industrial uses. Most of the enabling scientific research was supported by BER and its predecessors, as well as the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy. ACS President Bruce Bursten of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, made the presentation at a recent ceremony at ORNL. The ACS Landmark program has, over a 15-year period, honored some 60 sites in the chemical sciences that have made major contributions to society, such as the laboratories where nylon and synthetic rubber were first produced. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory was designated by the ACS in 2000 for its discovery of the transcurium elements, such as Berkelium, Californium and Seaborgium. More information is available at [website]

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  • Cross-Cutting: Lectures, Awards, and Recognition
  • Legacy: Radiochemistry and Instrumentation
  • Legacy: Medical Applications

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