McMillan, Edwin Mattison (1907–1991)
US nuclear physicist who shared with Glen Seaborg the 1951 Nobel Prize in
Chemistry for his discovery of the first transuranic
element, number 93, neptunium (1940).
McMillan worked on the Manhattan Project
developing the atom bomb at Los Alamos, New Mexico, then on the cyclotron
with Ernest Lawrence at the University
of California at Berkeley. Independently, he and the Soviet physicist Vladimir
Veksler (1907–1966) developed the synchrotron,
from which they shared the 1963 Atoms for Peace award.