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Alfred Peter Wolf

Alfred Peter Wolf (1923-1998) was an American chemist.


Wolf was born in Manhattan. He received a B.A. from Columbia University before enlisting in the army during World War II. He was assigned to Los Alamos to work on the Manhattan Project as part of the Special Engineer Detachment (SED). During his time there, Wolf worked on the initiator of the bomb.


After the war, Wolf returned to Columbia where he went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. He later joined the Brookhaven National Laboratory, eventually working his way up to become a department chief. His research included important contributions to the development of positron emission tomography (PET), which can observe the inner workings of organs such as the heart and the brain.


Wolf died on December 17, 1998, in Port Jefferson, New York.


Alfred Peter Wolf's Timeline

  • 1923 Feb 23rd Born in Manhattan.
  • 1943 to 1945 Worked on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos.
  • 1952 Received a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

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