Nuclear Museum Logo
Nuclear Museum Logo

National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

Arthur Adamson (1919-2003) was an American chemist. 

Adamson was born on August 15, 1919 in Shanghai, China to American parents. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1944, where he became involved in the Manhattan Project. After receiving his Ph.D., Adamson worked at Oak Ridge as a research associate for two years. 

In 1946 Adamson left Oak Ridge to join the faculty in the University of Southern California’s chemistry department. He served as department chair for three years in the 1970s. Throughout his career he was a prolific writer and teacher. He is known for his Textbook of Physical Chemistry and Understanding Physical Chemistry. He was also a leader in surface and colloid chemistry.

Adamson died on July 22, 2003 at the age of 83. 

Arthur Adamson's Timeline
1919 Aug 15th Born in Shanghai, China.
1940 Received a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley.
1944 Received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
19441946 Worked as a research associate at Oak Ridge.
1946 Joined the faculty in the University of Southern California’s chemistry department.
1953 Promoted to full professor.
1979 Received the American Chemical Society Award in Colloid or Surface Chemistry.
1991 The American Chemical Society established the Arthur W. Adamson Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Surface Chemistry in his honor.
1993 Received honorary D.Sc. from the University of Ferrara in Italy.
2003 Jul 22nd Died at age 83.

1958 Invention.

Related Profiles

Robert B. Winsboro

K-25 Plant

Attended the University of Virginia.

L. E. Langsdale

Hanford, WA

Jose M. Sandoval

Los Alamos, NM

Jose Sandoval was a staff worker at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project.

Samuel Fuller

Tinian Island

Samuel Fuller worked for the Roane-Anderson Company.