Martin D. Kamen (Physicist) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Martin David Kamen was an American chemist who, together with Sam Ruben, co-discovered the synthesis of the isotope carbon-14 on February 27, 1940, at the University of California Radiation Laboratory, Berkeley.

About Martin D. Kamen

Physicist who discovered the Carbon-14 element, which allowed biologists to peer inside the chemistry of living cells. He also worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II, which developed the first atomic bomb.

Before Fame

Working with another researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, he discovered the element present in every plant and animal.


During the McCarthy trials he was accused of passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union and his passport was seized because of it.

Family Life

His parents were Russian immigrants who settled in Toronto, Canada, and Kamen himself grew up in Chicago.


Faced with public charges of treason by Joseph McCarthy‘s committee, he attempted suicide at his lowest point, but did not succeed.

Information related to Martin Kamen

  • Venona project
  • Nuclear secrecy
  • Albert Einstein World Award of Science Laureates
  • Enrico Fermi Award recipients
  • Scientists from Chicago
  • American physical chemists
  • Washington University in St. Louis faculty
  • Manhattan Project people
  • University of California, San Diego faculty
  • American biochemists

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