“One of the first laws against air pollution came in 1300 when King Edward I decreed the death penalty for burning of coal. At least one execution for that offense is recorded. But economics triumphed over health considerations, and air pollution became an appalling problem in England.” –Glenn Seaborg, Nuclear Chemist who as 5th Chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission contributed to the Limited Test Ban Treaty, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
Dr. Seaborg was also the winner of the 1951 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, a pioneer in nuclear medicine, and an outspoken proponent of federal funding of pure scientific research, stating “There is a beauty in discovery. There is mathematics in music, a kinship of science and poetry in the description of nature, and exquisite form in a molecule. Attempts to place different disciplines in different camps are revealed as artificial in the face of the unity of knowledge. All literate men are sustained by the philosopher, the historian, the political analyst, the economist, the scientist, the poet, the artisan and the musician.”
Learn more about Dr. Seaborg’s accomplishments on the U.S. Department of Energy website (while it’s still up…).