Calls for chemical element to be named after Weymouth physicist Henry Moseley
Published by: Curtis Williams 14/01/2016 at 12:33 pm
Calls have been made in the Weymouth area to commemorate Henry Mosley
Calls have been made in the local Weymouth area to commemorate Henry Mosley after 100 years since his death in the First World War.
Mosely was a Weymouth born Physicist who made a big contribution to the scientific community he devised the concept of the atomic number, which led to a complete restructuring of the periodic table around the number of protons found in the nucleus of an atom. This discovery shaped the way the table is structured today. Mosely was a mere 26 years old when making this discovery. Sadly less than two years after Moesely had completed his experiments he was shot and killed in action on the battlefield of Gallipoli. however if the late Henry Moseley had survived he would have chosen to be awarded the 1916 Nobel Prize.
American Author Peter Reynosa is calling for Mosely to be commemorated for his achievements by naming one of the four newly discovered Elements after him and has even contacted the Mayor of Weymouth and Portland urging her to start a campaign. The idea of this is to give Moseley recognition for his incredible achievements, however there is a exhibition in Oxford University entitled “Dear Harry…” which started last year and will run until the end of January 2016
Moseley was born in Weymouth in 1887 and read physics at Oxford University before moving to Manchester to work under Nobel Prize winner Ernest Rutherford.
Prominent science fiction author Isaac Asimov wrote in 1972 that Moseley’s death “might well have been the most costly single death of the war to mankind”.
Following his death, the UK government enacted a ban on notable scientific figures taking up frontline military positions.