from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Urey, Harold Clayton 1893-1981. American chemist. He won a 1934 Nobel Prize for his discovery of heavy hydrogen.

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  • n. United States chemist who discovered deuterium (1893-1981)


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  • The instrument, called Urey: Mars Organic and Oxidant Detector, has already shown its capabilities in one of the most barren climes on Earth, the Atacama Desert in Chile.

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  • As an example of an isotope, we can cite the heavy-hydrogen atom discovered by Urey which is a constituent of so-called heavy water.

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  • Searching for a point of entry into the community, Gutiérrez finally found it in new member Veronica Urey, who approached him about holding a gathering for Africans in 2001.

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  • In the last two weeks, the CDC has repeatedly said it would not recognise the results of the election, but speaking to the Guardian its national director for policy and communications, Rich Urey, said the party would sit "at the table with Sirleaf to decide the future of Liberia".

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  • Urey of Columbia University had been given the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his isolation of heavy hydrogen (deuterium).

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  • Urey had also separated uranium isotopes, and his work was an important basis for the investigations by Otto Hahn from

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  • None other than Harold Urey, of Miller-Urey fame and a Nobel Prize laureate for other work, wrote in 1963 that “if found in a terrestrial object, some substances in meteorites would be indisputably regarded as biological.”

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  • The most famous of all origin-of-life experiments was conducted in 1952 by University of Chicago graduate student Stanley Miller and his professor, Nobel Prize winner Harold Urey, in a small chemistry lab at their school.

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  • Just as Miller and Urey wanted to learn if complex amino acids could be formed in the lab by sparking certain gases and water, a team of largely European researchers proposed a while back doing the same thing in space.

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  • Fortunately Vincent du Vigneaud, then a researcher at George Washington University, was interested in introducing stable isotope tracers into his metabolic studies of sulfur amino acids, and so David Rittenberg and Rudolf Schoenheimer, close colleagues of Urey, convinced du Vigneaud that Cohn would be an ideal person to join his lab as a post-doc.

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