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Leo Brewer

ChemistUniversity of California, Berkeley

Manhattan Project VeteranProject Worker/StaffScientist

Leo Brewer (1919-2005) was an American chemist.

Brewer finished his undergraduate degree at CalTech in 1940. Determined to be a part of the American war effort, he finished his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley in an incredible 28 months. 

After receiving his degree in 1942, Professor Wendell Latimer recruited Brewer to join the Manhattan Project. Working at Berkeley, he conducted research on the properties of the newly discovered, top-secret element plutonium. His research there would lead to the creation of cesium sulfide crucibles that would later be used at Los Alamos. 

After the war, Brewer became a professor at Berkeley, and a researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL.) Sadly, he developed cancer in 1960 as the result of exposure to the element beryllium. He underwent a radical, lifesaving surgery that cost him his right eye.

Leo Brewer's Timeline
1919 Jun 13th Born in St. Louis, MO.
1940 Received a B.S. in chemistry from CalTech.
1942 Received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.
19421945 Worked on the Manhattan Project at Berkeley.
1960 Underwent surgery on his right eye to remove beryllium-induced cancer.
2005 Feb 22nd Died in Lafayette, CA.

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