From earth to space, Harold Urey’s research paved pathways for modern science
The discovery of deuterium helped Harold Urey win the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1934 and has been called one of the foremost achievements of modern science. His work ranged from the separation of isotopes for the development of the atomic bomb to cosmochemistry, a term he coined when his interests turned to the chemistry of the planets. Read more about this pioneering scientist at the DOE R&D Accomplishments web page, and find resources with additional information. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.