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Louis B. Werner
1921 - 2007


Louis Werner, 86, a world-renowned nuclear chemist who during WWII isolated the element plutonium, passed away on May 20, 2007.

Dr. Werner was born in Idaho and grew up here.  Following his graduation from the College of Idaho in 1940, he went to graduate school at U.C. Berkeley.  Two years later he joined the Manhattan Project, where he and a colleague isolated curium and where he received a doctorate in nuclear chemistry.  He subsequently devoted his life to peaceful uses of atomic energy. Dr. Werner was the Atomic Energy Commission’s scientific representative in the United Kingdom and Ireland for 2 years.

Dr. Werner was also a music lover who loved spending time doing artwork.  He was an accomplished poet.  In 1983, Dr. Werner was awarded an honorary doctorate from the College.