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Was Plutonium’s ‘Pu’ on Periodic Table a Prank by Seaborg?

November 25th, 2015

Los Alamos chemists say Glenn Seaborg, the discoverer of Plutonium, facetiously suggested the abbreviation for the Periodic Table be Pu, like a child would exclaim “pee-yoo” when smelling something bad. Seaborg’s son Dave corroborated the story. More>