Re: OT; Wikipedia & Aqua Regia

From: Judy Seigel ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 10/28/05-02:24:52 PM Z
Message-id: <Pine.NEB.4.63.0510281623050.1116@panix1.panix.com>

On Tue, 25 Oct 2005, Breukel, C. (HKG) wrote:

> When Germany invaded Denmark in World War II, the Hungarian chemist
> George de Hevesy dissolved the gold Nobel Prizes of Max von Laue and
> James Franck into aqua regia to prevent the Nazis from stealing them. He
> placed the resulting solution on a shelf in his laboratory at the Niels
> Bohr Institute. After the war, he returned to find the solution
> undisturbed and precipitated the gold out of the acid. The Nobel Society
> then recast the Nobel Prizes using the original gold."

What a nice tale. Thanks, Cor.

Judy
Received on Fri Oct 28 14:25:06 2005

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