Clean Hands: Clair Patterson's Crusade against Environmental Lead Contamination

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Clair Cameron "Pat" Patterson (1922-1995) had a career in geochemistry which over 40 years witnessed a remarkable evolution from the dawn of nuclear chemistry to the cutting edge of mankind's place in the global environment. The measure of scientific success for Dr. Patterson was not so much his many individual accomplishments as it was in guiding the evolution of the field. The field in this case is geochemistry, and the evolution is a matter of not just the intellectual gifts he contributed, but how he inspired...
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Overview

Clair Cameron "Pat" Patterson (1922-1995) had a career in geochemistry which over 40 years witnessed a remarkable evolution from the dawn of nuclear chemistry to the cutting edge of mankind's place in the global environment. The measure of scientific success for Dr. Patterson was not so much his many individual accomplishments as it was in guiding the evolution of the field. The field in this case is geochemistry, and the evolution is a matter of not just the intellectual gifts he contributed, but how he inspired his peers. The Patterson geochemical heritage is traced from his boyhood roots to the Chicago graduate days born out of the torments of the Manhattan project, to environmental concerns about trace element pollution of the globe, and finally to the functioning of the human mind.
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While Saul Bellow was a U. of Chicago undergraduate in humanities, Patterson (1922-1995) was doing graduate work in science at the opposite end of campus. The Nobel Laureate's foreword introduces the quirky geochemist through ten colleagues' accounts of his Caltech career as the only person who ever refused tenure, and contributions culminating in the removal of lead from gasoline. Includes original cartoons, photos, and 19 pages of Patterson publications. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781560725688
  • Publisher: Nova Science Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Editor
Introduction
Patterson's Original Cartoons
Sect. 1 Clair Patterson: The Person
Ch. 1 From Meteorites to Man: The Patterson Geochemical Heritage 3
Ch. 2 Some Remembrances from almost Three Decades of Working With Patterson 31
Ch. 3 Factors Influencing C.C. Patterson's Role in the Evolution of the Multidisciplinary Field of Biogeochemistry 37
Ch. 4 Vignettes of Clair Patterson 47
Ch. 5 Professor Clair C. Patterson, Our Teacher, Colleague, and Friend 55
Sect. 2 Scientific Contributions of Clair Patterson and Colleagues
Ch. 6 Clair Patterson: More than Thirty Years of Research on Environmental Lead 61
Ch. 7 Automotive Lead Pollution: Clair Patterson's Role in Stopping It 79
Ch. 8 A Convulsive Clear Consciousness: Clair Patterson and Human Lead Exposure 93
Ch. 9 Analyzing Polar Ice and Snow for Heavy Metals and Other Trace Elements: Two Decades of Fruitful Interaction with Clair Patterson 105
Ch. 10 Clean Hands, Dirty Hands: Clair Patterson and the Aquatic Biogeochemistry of Mercury 119
List of Clair Patterson's Publications 139
Index 159
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