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Dr. Donald P. Ames Collection

Special Engineer Detachment - Metallurgical Laboratory - Univ. of Chicago

Dr. Donald P. Ames was a member of the Special Engineering Detachment, Corps of Engineers, US. Army at the University of Chicago during the years 1944-1946. He was in the Chemistry Division, in New Chem under the direction of Glenn Seaborg. He received a BS in Chemistry from UW-Madison in December 1943.  While there, Dr. Ames participated in several important events:  He performed the first measurements of the visible spectra of the +3, +4, +5, and +6 valence states of Plutonium. He is a co-author of the Complex Ions of Pu +3 published in the Plutonium Project Record p 348; he participated with Roy Greenlee in the determination of the half lives of Pu 239 and Pu 240; he is listed as a co-author of a) An Emanation Method for Radium Analysis; b) The Specific Activity of Radium,  and c) Rapid radiometric Assay for Radium and Application to Uranium ore Process Solutions.  The latter three papers were published in Plutonium Project Record, National Nuclear Energy Series 14B, Seaborg, Katz, and Manning editors, (McGraw Hill 1949) p 1206, p1675, p1700. In addition he was in the group of six ex Manhattan Project scientists assigned to  obtain the yield and efficiency of Baker Shot of Operation Crossroads in 1947.  Dr. Ames has provided the below documents and photos which are a 'must read' for anyone interested in the early history of the Met Lab.

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RESUME - DONALD P. AMES - Born 9/13/1922, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, parents USA citizens. B.S. 1944 Chemistry Univ. Wisconsin-Madison. Phi Beta Kappa. Special Engineering Detachment, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army 1944-1946. Bikini Resurvey, Scripps Inst. Oceanography 1947. Wisconsin Alumni Res. Fellow 1946-1948. Atomic Energy Research Fellow 1948-1949.  Ph.D. Physical Chemistry & Physics 1950. Sigma Xi. Chemist, J Division, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory 1950-1952. Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Univ. Kentucky-Lexington. 1952-1954; Assoc. Professor 1954. Senior Chemist, Savannah River Laboratory, DuPont 1954-1956. Senior chemist, Monsanto Co. St. Louis, MO 1956-1959; Fellow 1959-1961. Senior Scientist, McDonnell Research Laboratories 1961-1968; Dep. Director, 1968-1970; Director, McDonnell Douglas Research Laboratories 1970-1976; Staff Vice President 1976-1986;  Staff Vice President/General Manager 1986-1989  McDonnell Douglas Distinguished Fellow 1986-1989. Retired 1989. Honorary L.L.D. Univ. Missouri-St. Louis 1978. President and Co-Owner Fluotech 1991-present. Advisor AFOSR, Univ. Illinois, Lehigh Univ. Washington Univ. Univ. Missouri-St. Louis, Univ. Missouri-Columbia. Member Am. Chem. Soc.., Am. Phys. Soc. 

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  David Rudolph, the author of 'Pursuit of Plutonium' and a former member of the Special Engineer Detachment at the Met Lab, Los Alamos, and the Trinity Site, has graciously given his permission for his story to be reprinted here

 

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