Glenn Seaborg might be the only man to have an element named after him while he was still alive. Learn more about a great scientist and the element named to honor him in a scientific video. It includes photos, interviews with people who knew him, and stories about the process of having it named.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Debate which would be a greater honor, a Nobel Prize or having an element named after you
  • Create a timeline of Seaborg's scientific discoveries
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of IUPAC and the process of naming elements

  • Connects history and science
  • Works well in traditional or flipped classes

  • None