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Truman P. Kohman (1916-2010) was an American chemist.

Kohman worked on the Manhattan Project at the University of Chicago Metallurgical Laboratory and at Hanford, where he met his wife, Jane Sievers. He was an expert on radiochemistry and gamma ray sources. Kohman signed the Szilard Petition, and after the Manhattan Project, advocated for peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Kohman was a professor of chemistry and astronomy for many years at Carnegie Mellon University. Among other scientific contributions, he analyzed some of the first lunar samples brought back to Earth by the Apollo 11 mission. The asteroid MP 4177-Kohman is named in his honor.

 

Truman P. Kohman's Timeline
1916 Mar 8th Born in Champaign, Illinois.
1938 Received a B.S. in Chemistry from Harvard University.
19421945 Worked on the Manhattan Project at the Chicago Met Lab and Hanford.
1945 Signed the Szilard Petition.
19481990 Taught chemistry and astronomy at Carnegie Mellon University.
1969 Analyzed some of the first lunar samples brought back to Earth by the Apollo 11 mission.
2000 Asteroid MP 4177-Kohman is named in his honor.
2010 Apr 28th Died in Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

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