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Leland L. Burger -- Diamond Jubilee Outstanding Alumnus
Bachelor of Arts - 1939 - Chemistry
Leland Burger, distinguished research chemist and educator for more than 50 years, was a top UW chemistry student, graduating with honors. WWII interrupted doctoral work at the University of Washington, and he went to work on the "Manhattan Project" to design and build the first nuclear weapons. After completing his PhD, he was a research chemist for General Electric's Hanford Laboratories (1948-65). From 1965 to his 1984 retirement, he was a research scientist at Battelle Northwest, where he still consults. An adjunct professor of chemistry at Washington State since 1969, he has chaired its program and that of the Joint Center for Graduate Study in Richland, Washington. He holds six patents and has nearly 100 publications in physical chemistry fields.Burger is an Emeritus Member of the American Chemical Society, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of the American Nuclear Society and the American Institute of Physics. He is a 1993 UW Distinguished Alumnus.