Manson Benedict, US nuclear chemist

Manson Benedict, US nuclear chemist

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Caption: Manson Benedict (1907-2006), US nuclear chemist. Benedict was a pioneer in nuclear engineering, working on the Manhattan Project during World War II to produce the world's first nuclear bomb. He worked on developing the gaseous diffusion method that was used to separate isotopes of uranium. From 1958 to 1968, he served as chair of the Advisory Committee of the US Atomic Energy Commission. Also in 1958, he founded the Nuclear Engineering department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was head of the department until 1971. His awards include the Enrico Fermi Award (1972) and the National Medal of Science (1975).

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