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date: 20 October 2019

Boltwood, Bertram Bordenlocked

(27 July 1870–14/15 Aug. 1927)
  • Lawrence Badash


Boltwood, Bertram Borden (27 July 1870–14/15 Aug. 1927), radiochemist, was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, the son of Thomas Kast Boltwood, an attorney, and Margaret Mathilda Van Hoesen. Despite his father’s death when Boltwood was two years old and the family’s relatively modest circumstances, his mother’s social position impelled him to be a student at Yale. Upon completion of the three-year course in chemistry at Yale’s Sheffield Scientific School (1889–1892), Boltwood spent two years in Munich studying analytical procedures and the special chemistry of rare earth elements. He returned to Yale for the doctoral degree, which he received in 1897....

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