When Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg passed away in 1999, he left the majority of his belongings to NMU. There is a bevy of artifacts currently on display commemorating his many accomplishments, as well as a replica of his office, on the second floor of West Science. These showcase only a small fraction of the items we have from him here at the BHC.
Dr. Seaborg led a very full life and accomplished many things in his time. He is probably best known for his work in the field of chemistry where he helped discover 10 trans-uranium elements. He also won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with Edwin McMillan in 1951. He was a teacher at the University of California, Berkley and the chairman of the US Atomic Energy Commission. At one point, he had won so many awards that he was in the Guinness Book of World Records for it. And last but not least, he was a native of the U.P., born in Ishpeming.
This gavel is a gift that Dr. Seaborg received on October 12, 1976. It was presented to him during a ceremony commemorating the restoration of the Priestly House. It is constructed from wood that was harvested on the Priestly House grounds.
This item is currently off display.
Written by Stephen Glover of the BHC.