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John R. Huizenga Collections



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Publications: Reprints, Excerpts

Publications: Reprints, Conference Papers, and Book

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Title: John R. Huizenga Collections, 1950-2009Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/121

Primary Creator: John R. Huizenga (1921-2014)

Extent: 2.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Folder level description


Professor of chemistry and physics at the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York; former researcher with the Manhattan Project and Argonne National Laboratory. The collection includes articles and a book, detailing neutron resistance, nuclear energy, nuclear fission, and nuclear chemistry.

Biographical Note

The life of Dr. John R. Huizenga began with a humble childhood, growing up on the Mississippi River in Fulton, Illinois. His father was a farmer and he attended a one-room school. His love for chemistry began at Calvin College in which he graduated from in 1944. He then went off to the University of Illinois for graduate school. There he studied physical chemistry and soon was recruited into the military top-secret Manhattan Project to help build the atom bomb.

Once World War II ended, Huizenga went back to the University of Illinois to earn his Ph.D. He then took a job at Argonne National Laboratory working in nuclear chemistry. After the government detonated the world’s first hydrogen bomb in the Pacific in 1952, Huizenga was part of the crew to sift through the radioactive remains. Along with his team, they discovered two new elements, einsteinium and fermium. In 1966, Huizenga received two honors. First, he received the government’s Lawrence Award and accompanied the first American scientific delegation to be sent to the Soviet Union.

In 1967 Huizenga accepted a faculty position at the University of Rochester, where he would remain for the rest of his career. Another milestone in Dr. Huizenga’s career was that he was appointed as co-chairman of a Department of Energy panel that debunked “cold fusion” claims which were made by two University of Utah chemist. He even published a book in 1992 called, “Cold Fusion: The Scientific Fiasco of the Century.” He had also co-author a textbook as well as a memoir. Huizenga was married to Dorothy “Dolly” Koeze. She preceded him in death in 1999. Together they had four children: Linda, Jann, Robert, and Joel. Huizenga passed away from heart failure in 2014, at the age of 92.

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[Series 1: Publications: Reprints, Excerpts, 1950-1968],
[Series 2: Publications: Reprints, Conference Papers, and Book, 1968-2009],

Series 2: Publications: Reprints, Conference Papers, and Book --- 1968-2009Add to your cart.
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Folder 1: Reprints of publications and proceedings of conferences --- 1968-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Reprints of publications and excerpt from book --- 1970-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Reprints of publications and of paper for conference --- 1972-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Reprints of publications and of paper for symposium --- 1973-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Reprints of publications and of chapter from book on nuclear fission --- 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Book, Five Decades of Research in Nuclear Science --- 2009Add to your cart.
[HERH QC774.H85 A3 2009]

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